California GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder promised on Friday to appoint a Republican to replace long-serving Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein were she to retire, a move likely designed to help energize voters and turn out support for him at the polls.
“They’re afraid I’m going to replace her with a Republican, which I most certainly would do, and that would be an earthquake in Washington, D.C.,” Elder told fellow conservative talk radio host Mark Levin.
He went on to say that Feinstein, 88, who was reelected in 2018 and has served in her current capacity since 1992, hasn’t been seen in “weeks,” as he claimed that she is in “an even worst mental condition than Joe Biden.”
California has had two Democratic senators for decades; currently, the party only controls the evenly divided chamber because Vice President Kamala Harris, as Senate president, is the tie-breaker vote.
Earlier this year, Feinstein said she has no plans to step down and will serve out her current term which ends officially in January 2025, though far-left lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called for her to step down so Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing recall, can appoint a like-minded replacement.
CNN reported that a Democratic source the network did not name said “the right thing” for Feinstein to do would be to step aside. But Feinstein said the recall election pertains only to Newsom and that she planned to continue serving even if Elder or another Republican were to win the recall race.
In his interview with Levin, Elder ticked off several of California’s problems he intends to try and address if he wins later this month, including addressing the state’s public education system which he has often said is failing non-white students especially.
“Seventy-five percent of black boys here in California … that’s not a typo, cannot read at state levels of proficiency,” Elder said, adding that “math scores are even worse.”
“Nearly half of all third-graders cannot read at state levels of proficiency, and around 80 percent of all kids educated in our government schools are black and brown,” he added.
While polling varies, many surveys have Newsom clinging to power. Still, others have shown that Elder is surprisingly close and could even become victorious if a majority of voters don’t cast ballots to keep Newsom as governor.
The recall ballot asks two questions, essentially — one, a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question asking voters if they want Newsom to remain as governor and if not, they are then asked to select one of about 45 other candidates, including Elder. In a situation where Newsom doesn’t receive at least 50 percent of votes to keep him, the alternative candidate with the highest number of votes will become governor.
“If Elder’s elected, he’ll be not only the first black governor of California but also the most popular statewide official in recent memory,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said late last month during an opening monologue in which he speculated what changes may occur in the state if Elder wins. He went on to speculate electing Elder might be “the last chance” to save the state from collapse.
“If a majority decides to recall Gavin Newsom, then the replacement candidate with the most votes will become governor. As of tonight, that’s likely to be Larry Elder. Elder could actually win,” he added, noting that Democratic apparatuses including the major California media had lined up to oppose the GOP talk show host.
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