four of Larry Elder’s previous controversies, defined

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Radio talk show host Larry Elder has emerged as a leading GOP candidate trying to replace Democratic governor Gavin Newsom if he is removed. Elder, who calls himself “the Wise One of South Central,” is also an attorney, documentary filmmaker, and writer well known in GOP circles and who appears frequently on Fox News. But with his profile, so has his life.

As the recall race heats up, here’s a recap of moments from Elder’s past that have drawn attention lately.

  • The candidate’s former fiancée accused him of shooting her with a gun. In an article published by Politico, Alexandra Datig claims that during their stormy 18-month relationship, Elder once checked to see if his .45 pistol was loaded during a heated argument. “For a brief moment I believed that he was going to shoot me. I was scared for my life, “Datig told the Times, calling it” my Phil Spector, Lana Clarkson moment, “referring to the Hollywood record producer who fatally shot his companion.

    “I’ve never brandished a gun at anyone,” Elder responded to the allegations. “These are lewd accusations.”

  • Elder’s derogatory remarks about women were targeted by his opponents in the race. In a 2000 column for Capitalism magazine, Elder said Democrats had an advantage over Republicans because they were supported by women and “women know less about politics, economics, and current affairs than men.”

    Elder did not discuss the statement directly, but did claim on Twitter that “Calif. Dems are desperate and slander me and distort what I wrote in a column 21 years ago. “He added a link to the column and said,” Here is what I wrote, decide for yourself. “

  • Elder has been criticized for a decade-old clip recorded at a comedy club in which he repeatedly used the N-word, in an obvious impression of OJ Simpsons defense attorney F. Lee Bailey. KBLA morning presenter Dominique DiPrima, who had re-broadcast the KABC clip for the first time, said it was “like a black man doing blackface”.

    In a statement emailed to The Times, Elder’s campaign said: “In knee-jerk rhetoric that is far too common today, [DiPrima] accuses Elder of spreading hatred because his views have long been at odds with hers. “

  • In an interview with McClatchy’s California editorial boards, Elder said that “the ideal minimum wage is $ 0.” The comment was criticized during a recent recall election debate.

These are the main topics that are drawing attention, but Elder has shared views on abortion, climate change, and COVID-19 that are worth reviewing. Additionally, California regulators have opened an investigation to see if he has properly disclosed his sources of income, which you can read about here.

Re-election is scheduled for September 14th and voters are starting to receive their ballot papers in the mail. I found this voter guide helpful. It explains what your vote will mean and what different political parties are saying.

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Today’s California memory is from Elaine Masters:

In the 1970s I left my Upland home to go to college, but once a month I took the $ 10 red card from San Francisco to the Ontario Airport to see my boyfriend. I would return the Monday before class and remember a spring start as we turned over the Cucamonga vineyards. I had imagined them to be dry and desolate places. When I saw green carpets below me, I realized how fertile and powerful these mornings were. Revelation filled my heart with longing and brought me back to Southern California decades later.

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