Larry Elder has won his legal battle to get on the list of candidates for the California gubernatorial recall race. “Victory! My next one will be on Sept. 14 at the ballot box,” the Salem Radio Network host tweeted.
Elder took his case to court after California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber excluded the conservative talker from the original list of candidates to challenge sitting Governor Gavin Newsom due to redaction issues with his tax returns.
In quick fashion, Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl disagreed with Weber’s decision that Elder failed to meet requirements to run in the election, the Associated Press reports.
“We won our lawsuit and I am back on the Gov ballot in the recall election,” Elder wrote in another Twitter post. “This is a huge victory for voting rights, our republic, our campaign, you and for California. Now let's go save our state.”
At issue was a new law that required candidates to file five years of tax returns, which is where it seems the redaction issue came into play.
The judge determined the rule didn’t apply to recall elections and even so, Elder met the requirements. “I don’t find that Mr. Elder was required to file tax returns at all,” Earl said.
Elder stepped down from his Salem Radio Network-syndicated evening program to run in the Sept. 14 recall election. That caused Salem to place 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.
A certified list released by the state showed 46 hopefuls will appear on the ballot as candidates to replace Newsom, a Democrat who has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic.
Other Republicans who qualified to run include reality TV personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner; businessman John Cox, who was defeated by Newsom in 2018; state lawmaker Kevin Kiley; and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, AP reports.