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It's wildfire season in California and Democrats are trying to battle the blaze known as Larry Elder, the candidate who could defeat fake Catholic governor Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election. Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb takes us to the campaign fire line.
In less than a month, Californians will have the opportunity to turn around a decade of Democrat domination and "throw the bums out." The very real possibility of a Republican victory in the Sept. 14 recall election has a face, and that face is Larry Elder. The lawyer-turned-talk-show-host from Compton is leading the pack of candidates seeking to oust Newsom.
Newsom's most obvious failure has been his management of COVID. But his policies on immigration and homelessness have also made him vulnerable. Based on the number and desperate tone of the attacks on Elder, it is clear Democrats feel their grip on the governor's mansion slipping away.
As is common in modern politics, campaign strategists cue accusations from women about alleged past behavior. Elder's strategy is to ignore the accusations. He tweeted, "I am not going to dignify this with a response — it's beneath me."
Newsom is feeling the heat and increasingly unable to hold it together. The Democrat governor is calling in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to bolster his campaign. Given the chaos generated by the crisis in Afghanistan, it isn't clear whether Newsom's close association with Biden and Harris will help or hurt his campaign.
Earlier this week, The New York Times was calling the battle between Newsom and Elder a dead heat.