On Tuesday, Larry Elder announced that he has decided he would not run for California Governor again in 2022. Instead, he said he will launch “Elder for America,” a PAC that will help Republicans take back the House and Senate.
“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 said 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 the 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 added. “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.”
In July, Elder announced he was running to replace Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom in a special recall election that took place in September. In less than three weeks, Elder raised almost $4.5 million and became the favorite to win the election if California voted to recall Newsome.
“The fundraising numbers are tallied from July 12, 2021, the day Elder announced his candidacy, to July 31, 2021, the end of the latest reporting period,” Elder’s campaign said in a statement at the time. “Some 46,000 donors contributed, making the average daily donation over $235,000, and the average donation $84.00. This reflects the overwhelming grassroots support for Elder, the commonsense candidate now leading in the recall polls.”