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Larry Elder has followed through on his threat to sue the office of California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber for being omitted from the original list of candidates in the state’s gubernatorial recall election.

Elder, who stepped down from his Salem Radio Network-syndicated evening program to run in the Sept. 14 recall election, says he’s a target of bipartisan “shenanigans.”

His campaign headquarters said the conservative talk-show host filed all the required paperwork, including more than 300 pages of tax returns, to be eligible for candidacy. Elder says he was left off the list issued by Weber because of redaction issues with his tax returns.

“We’ve complied with everything the secretary of state has required of us,” Elder said in making the announcement of the legal action, the Associated Press reports. “The politicians in Sacramento know I’m the only candidate who can beat Gavin Newsom. They are afraid, and they are using whatever shenanigans they can to try to trip me up. It won’t work… Frankly, this action by the secretary of state is not simply unfair and absurd but a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent.”

Weber’s office said they applied the same criteria to each candidate, and explained that the list of candidates issued “did not include Mr. Elder and others that failed to comply with those requirements. This is the first election where the gubernatorial candidate tax-disclosure law has been applied.”

In a video posted to Twitter on Monday (July19), Elder took aim at the law that required candidates to submit five years of tax returns.

The recall election will first ask if Californians believe the sitting Democratic governor should be removed from office. A second question will ask who his replacement should be. The second vote only comes into play if a majority of citizens vote that Newsom should be removed from office.

“I’m running for governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people,” Elder, who is also an attorney, said when announcing his candidacy. “Our government is what’s ruining the Golden State. Our schools are closed to both students and their parents. Our streets aren’t safe from rising violent crime or the disaster of rising homelessness. And the scandals of Sacramento aren’t going to stop on their own. It’s time to tell the truth. We’ve got a state to save.”

Following Elder entering the recall race, Salem placed Carl Jackson in Elder’s 6-9pm Monday-Friday timeslot. Salem says if Elder is unsuccessful in his bid for Governor, he will return to the network lineup after the Sept. 14 election.