Californians Get 42 Choices To Potentially Replace Gov. Gavin Newsom
California voters have 42 candidates to consider as potential replacements for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on September 14, the date of California’s recall election. An initial list of candidates was released Saturday (and revised on Sunday to add a candidate) and will be formalized by the Secretary of State’s office today.
There’s drama brewing over who will and won’t be included. Conservative libertarian talk show host Larry Elder announced on July 12 he was going to run as a candidate in the recall and filed papers. But he was not included in the list released this week past weekend because the state requires candidates for governor to submit five years of tax records to the Secretary of State, and Elder reportedly did not.
Elder says he supplied all needed paperwork and that the explanation for his disqualification was vague. On Monday, he filed a lawsuit challenging the decision to leave him off the ballot. He also criticized the requirement that he submit his tax records, arguing that the law, which was passed in 2019, requires this tax information for his name to appear on a primary ballot, not on a recall ballot.
This afternoon a judge agreed with Elder and ordered him placed on the ballot, and according to Politico, also agreed with his argument that recall candidates for governor were not actually required to submit their tax returns at all.
Elder is not the only legal challenger, and the details of some of the others covered by the Associated Press highlight the Calvinball nature of California’s recall rules. Former San Diego Mayor and Republican Kevin Faulconer made the list, but he’s nevertheless challenging the Secretary of State’s refusal to let him list himself as a former or “retired” mayor as his occupation. A third candidate, Kevin Paffrath, is suing to get his nickname and YouTube channel title (“Meet Kevin”) printed on the ballot.
Newsom himself has gotten caught up in the tiresomely messy management of the recall. Newsom neglected to list his party designation on his paperwork so that he’ll be labeled as a Democrat on the ballot. Hilariously, he was permitted to do so by a law that Newsom himself signed, but he missed the deadline. Newsom sued to try to get his party listed but a judge ruled against him. It’s doubtful that many recall voters will be confused by the lack of party identification, but its absence is a bit amusing gi
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