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Larry Elder Will Not Run For CA Governor In 2022, Launches ‘Elder For America PAC’ To Help GOP Take Back Congress
Larry Elder, Republican gubernatorial candidate for California, speaks at a campaign watch party after losing the gubernatorial recall election in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. California Governor Gavin Newsom beat back a recall effort, with voters resoundingly deciding to keep the first-term Democrat in office after a historic special election.
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On Tuesday, Larry Elder announced that he has decided not to run again for California Governor in 2022. Instead, the conservative author and radio host will launch “Elder for America,” a PAC designed to help Republicans take back the House and the Senate.

In addition, Elder will focus on key local races in California that impact public safety and education – both key features of his campaign to unseat Gavin Newsom during last year’s recall election.

“The announcement comes on the heels of Elder’s unprecedented California gubernatorial campaign, in which Elder received 3.5 million votes, 30% more than the next closest recall challenger, and raised approximately $22.5 million dollars after only campaigning for 8 weeks,” Elder For America announced in a press release. “The Elder for America PAC will engage in public education campaigns, direct voter contact, and fundraising to help Republicans win key seats in the House and Senate, and affect public policy on the local level.”

“I ran for Governor because I wanted to make a difference,” Elder said. “While I may not know what the future holds for me politically, our campaign’s ability to attract millions of votes and millions of dollars in a very short time demonstrates we have a message that resonates with Americans, and I believe we can put that to good use.”

“Today, we don’t just have a state to save, we have a country save. The radical left’s woke agenda is destroying America. Our major cities look like warzones thanks to ‘progressive’ district attorneys and other pro-criminal policies. The distinction in quality of life between areas controlled by leftists and those that are not highlights the failure of the woke movement,” Elder continued. “Our children are being sent to school, not to learn, but to be indoctrinated.  Without a safe environment or proper education, low-income and minority students are never even given the chance to succeed. We must do better for our future generations.”

“At the federal level, Democrat leadership is hell bent on ruining the economy, either through massive inflation or draconian mandates for workers and employers.  Rather than steadfastly protecting our constitutional rights, they are actively seeking to chip away at them until they no longer exist,” Elder concluded. “I for one have had enough, which is why I am determined to fight for important issues in places where we can make a real difference in the outcome. The elite class has plenty of special interest groups and lobbyists to represent them. It’s high time the American people have their own representation.”

When Elder explained his decision to run for governor of California in July 2021, he cited Gavin Newsom’s “egregious” behavior, including trips to the upscale French Laundry restaurant while “his own kids [continued] to enjoy their private in-school education,” as one reason for his decision.

Elder spoke with The Daily Wire at the time, and said that he considered “this an intervention, a mission of mercy, damage control.”

“The state is practically ungovernable with Democrats enjoying supermajorities in the Senate and the Assembly, plus a left-wing clueless governor totally beholden to the teachers union that opposes choice in school,” Elder added.

Ian Haworth is an Editor and Writer for The Daily Wire. Follow him on Twitter at @ighaworth.

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