But Kessler said the big difference between today and 2003, when Schwarzenegger replaced Davis in his final recall, is that the Republicans lack candidates for a crossover appeal. .. He said success depends on the candidate “giving you an alternative to the Democratic Party without having to accept the other party exactly.”
It’s not Larry Elder, the Republican’s leading candidate for the call election.
Talk Radio host Elder comes from the California conservative tradition of refusing to appeal to liberals. On the list are Andrew Breitbart, a Los Angeles-born conservative writer and activist who founded Breitbart News, and Elder, a former architect on Trump’s immigration restriction agenda, who grew up listening to Elder in Santa Monica. Show Mr. Miller included.
From time to time, I felt that the elders’ campaign event wasn’t much different from a Trump rally.
At a Workers’ Day rally in the suburbs of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles in Ventura County, Elder pulled a boo from the crowd when he mentioned the Los Angeles Times and said, “I’m going to speak slowly.” Sometimes I laughed, “because CNN was there. He dropped a bomb of the kind that made him a national name on a conservative talk radio and won applause from his almost white audience.
“What they are afraid of,” Elder said, referring to Democratic opposition. Betrayed. You are in use You are being manipulated. “
“Racism is more important than ever in the United States,” added black Elder.
Sherry Merrell, who runs a fire protection company in Ventura, nodded, rattling statistics that police officers killed more unarmed whites than blacks, calling systematic racism a “lie.” .. White Merrell said her support for the recall was rooted in her belief that California had become too kind to businesses.
“I love my employees and want to live the best possible life, but it’s getting harder and harder,” she said to passers-by at the event with her pre-recall material. I urged you to go. Read “Don’t vote by mail”.
The face-to-face, contrarian style of right-wing talk radio hosts who despise mainstream media and mock liberals has helped Elder well and helped build a nationwide audience of 4.5 million listeners each week. California was an ideal market for building his brand, as was the case with other conservative radio stars. Rush Limbaugh started at KFBK in Sacramento and Sean Hannity started his career at KCSB in Santa Barbara.