So far, the Republican contenders challenging California Governor Gavin Newsom have put up a relatively united front. However, that came crashing down on Tuesday when some GOP contenders took aim at frontrunner Larry Elder during a debate in San Diego.
Fox News reports:
Cox took aim at Elder for skipping out on a another debate, saying, “We don’t need more media personalities who don’t show up to meet the press.”
And asked about Elder’s controversial position to abolish the minimum wage, Cox said, “I sure wish Larry were here to defend this position, and he should be.”
Faulconer and Kiley also disagreed with Elder’s stance in favor of scrapping any minimum wage, with Faulconer describing the position as “indefensible.”
The showdown took place the day after ballots in the recall contest started being sent to the 22 million registered voters in the nation’s most populous state and amid a surge in campaign activity, as the Republican replacement candidates have stepped up their attacks on the governor and Newsom kicked into higher gear his efforts to encourage Democrats and other supporters to cast ballots. Newsom and his allies acknowledge that they need a strong turnout to counter Republican voters motivated to cast ballots in hopes of ousting the governor.
Elder has pledged not to participate in any debates before the recall election unless Gov. Gavin Newsom does as well.