Larry Elder’s voter fraud messaging depressed Republican turnout, GOP consultant charges

This is a serious question.  Does talking about vote fraud cause people to decide not to vote—due to vote fraud.  In every speech since the middle of May the same question was asked—why vote if fraud is so prevalent?

“Ron Nehring, a former chair of the California GOP and adviser to Faulconer, pointed to a page on Elder’s website that, prior to the election, presumed that Newsom won the recall because of an influx of voter fraud. It asked voters to sign a petition asking for a special session of the Legislature to investigate. Nehring said such a suggestion was “astonishing” and discouraged Republicans from voting.

Elder, in the week prior to the election, also said he was prepared to file lawsuits in the case of “shenanigans” at the polls. Similar messages came from Trump, who claimed, without evidence, that the election was rigged for Newsom.

We know that at a minimum the Secretary of State sent ballot to 440,000 dad people and people that have moved out of State==that is fraud—yet NO ON was willing to sue to stop this.  All the poll watchers in the world could not stop this—since about 80% of the vote wan in the mail—NOT at a polling place.  It is time to get serious about stopping the fraud, not just talk about it.

Larry Elder’s voter fraud messaging depressed Republican turnout, GOP consultant charges

By Lara Korte, Fresno Bee,  91/16/21 

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Recall candidate Larry Elder – with an assist from former President Donald Trump – depressed GOP turnout in California’s recall race by raising the prospect of voter fraud before the election, a Republican consultant said Wednesday.

A day after Gov. Gavin Newsom won a clear victory in the recall election, advisers for Newsom, Elder and fellow Republican candidate Kevin Faulconer joined the Sacramento Press Club in a virtual discussion to dissect the race.

Ron Nehring, a former chair of the California GOP and adviser to Faulconer, pointed to a page on Elder’s website that, prior to the election, presumed that Newsom won the recall because of an influx of voter fraud. It asked voters to sign a petition asking for a special session of the Legislature to investigate. Nehring said such a suggestion was “astonishing” and discouraged Republicans from voting.

Elder, in the week prior to the election, also said he was prepared to file lawsuits in the case of “shenanigans” at the polls. Similar messages came from Trump, who claimed, without evidence, that the election was rigged for Newsom.

“We can’t have an evidence-based party if we are bull—–ing people in advance that this election was stolen when it was not,” Nehring said Wednesday. “One way not to have Republicans win is by telling Republican voters that their votes don’t matter…. Lying to Republicans claiming an election was stolen, before a single vote or result had been published, is grossly irresponsible.”

Jeff Corless, an adviser to Elder, pushed back, saying that “everyone wants integrity in their elections.”

“At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with documenting things people may see as irregular,” he said.

When asked why the language claiming voter fraud was removed from Elder’s website, as The Sacramento Bee and others noted on Tuesday, Corless said to his knowledge, nothing had been changed. That is incorrect; The Bee has screenshots of content referring to the “twisted” results of the recall, which no longer appears on the site..

“As far as I know, nothing was taken down from that website,” he said. “There is an affidavit people could fill out that was brought to the front of the page to make it easier for people to report things that they saw. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Neither Faulconer nor Elder have confirmed plans to run in the 2022 gubernatorial election, but based on conversations Wednesday, it’s clear Republicans can expect tensions between the two candidates moving forward.

Nehring accused Elder of acting as a “life preserver” for Newsom’s campaign. Early polls showed support for the recall almost evenly split, but that changed with Elder’s entry to the race, Nehring argued, and Newsom was able to pull out a huge victory.

“The overwhelming majority of Californians were not happy with the alternative, if that alternative was Larry Elder,” Nehring said. “It is very unfortunate that a governor who has run out of ideas, Gavin Newsom, was provided a vector, was assisted in his effort to make someone else the issue.”

Elder on Tuesday, prior to election results, said he has become a “force” within the Republican Party, and doesn’t intend to leave the political stage anytime soon.

Nehring pushed back on the idea that Elder will represent the party going into 2022.

“If Larry Elder thinks that he’s managed to tattoo ‘Larry’s Girl’ on the back of the California Republican Party, I think he’s in for quite a surprise,” he said, referencing a claim Elder’s former fiance made about a tattoo he wanted her to get.

The final recall vote tallies won’t be known for several weeks, but the fact that Elder appears to have won the most votes of any Republican candidate is important, Corless said.

“Larry got 2.3 million votes… so I look forward to getting together with Ron and dissecting that to understand why he got 2.3 million votes, and why Kevin Faulconer got far less,” he said.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Forensic audit! Friends received multiple ballots, ballots at their homes in other states, voters told they already voted, no ID requested, illegals voting.

    AUDIT THE RECALL!

  2. West W Walker says

    I wish you would push the need for each county to “Cure the Vote” like San Bernardino central committee is. A key county would be Nevada County since data shows a very high irregularity there.

    To say, “Similar messages came from Trump, who claimed, without evidence, that the election was rigged for Newsom.” is 100% wrong. Trump provided the evidence– as he always does. Why is that missing? Oh, Fresno Bee is actually a legitimate “source?” Trump mentioned the national news story of numerous people and reports of at least two separate polling places telling people “they already voted.” This should not be overlooked.

    Agree that “rigged” suppresses the vote, and the urgency of poll watchers and “curing” after the vote is crucial (sign ups BEFORE the election). We hope the teams of legal observers were able to follow up on the numerous complaints. It is not about if it would make a difference in the outcome it is about helping citizens have trust in the system.

    Yet as Jimmy Carter’s bipartisan commission concluded, “mail in ballots are ripe in fraud.” Those who complain in the “cost of the election” need to question why Democrats need to flood the mailboxes of every “voter” (deceased, moved, etc) with only a 50% max return? Where are the stewards of our environment from the waste of all that paper and chemicals, and taxpayer dollars?

  3. And then on the other side of the coin is where the anointed GOP candidates can not win either. The best candidates shy away from GOP because they know that they will be dragged down by the party establishment like a lead balloon and then viciously attacked if they lose an election where they did better than than their anointed ones.

    If the recall had succeeded, the GOP would be taking credit for Mr. Elders win and start bombarding mailboxes with fundraising propaganda up and down the ticket.

    No one wanted Mr. Elder to win because he was a Republican. They wanted him to win because he was the best candidate.

    Instead of GOP curmudgeons blaming the world for their problems, they should embrace Elder now as the candidate in the next Gubernatorial election who has proven to attract more votes than anyone else in California.

  4. This has nothing to do with voter apathy as much as GOP state committee doing no campaigning to point out all the bad things Gaven did against the people of this state. This is why I couldn’t support such incompetent group of this state. People only vote for names that have a D behind it while those that have a R behind it is left to be on their own.

    • This is just an excuse for doing nothing! You are aware of the issues and know who to vote for. Your defeatist attitude will not get California out of the ditch! Put the keyboard away and get into action!

      And yes, I was into action Tuesday night!

  5. Frances J. Freedle says

    This is an endemic problem in the Republican party. We fail to get behind an electable candidate and ask all others to help win the election. Until we are able to do this, we will continue to loose. Dems are far better at this than Republicans.
    No mention has been made of the huge campaign spending by newsom in key areas getting his distorted message out while multiple Republican candidates suffered the lack of sufficient funding.
    More on Nevada County – regardless of having processed 38,000 ballots before the polls closed, it will take at least another month before we know the results with the additional 6-10,000 ballots from Vote Centers and Ballot Boxes picked up on election day counted. (total possible ballots 72,000)

  6. “Ron Nehring, a former chair of the California GOP …”

    Mr Nehring is of course welcome to express his opinion but in parallel let’s consider another issue–the persistent and determined strategy by the CA GOP to alienate its base by advocating Dem-Lite policies and extreme anti-Trump rhetoric.

    Personally, I stand with the disorganized and occasionally incoherent who pulled of the Recall signature drive as opposed to the Official GOP which could not be bothered to fight back against Gov Newsom

  7. Bill Saracino says

    Who cares what Ron Nehring thinks? His candidate was a NeverTrump Quisling who thought Hillary Clinton would be a better President than Donald Trump. If he wants to be – and who could blame him for not wanting to be – Elder is the new face and leader of the GOP in California. The RINOS have been saying for years that we need to “broaden the base”. A conservative, articulate black man…hmmmm…..no, that just won’t do in their opinions. Like I said, who cares what they think…they are totally irrelevant – and deserve to be.

  8. It’s strains credulity that after school shut downs, business closures, state attacks on the church, force mask and vx mandates, police defunding, riots in the streets… and more… that Gavin Newsom would still get the same percentage of votes as when he was first elected in 2018. 67% Now that is shenanigans!

  9. Now the Dems want to make a recall impossible so why do you think people turn apathetic and depressed? Because their vote no longer counts, the others cheat their way to success and our party is a bunch of panty waists. No leadership and the Marxism is abundant. Why even go after Gascon, would it really matter?

  10. Richard Wahl says

    Are people really so stupid that they cannot get up enough energy to vote after reading that there is voter fraud. The knowledge that voter fraud exists should fire up voters not cause them to stay home. Seriously? If the supposition that such articles about voter fraud causes voters not to turn out, we must have a state full of luddites. Wandering around in a fog.

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