Editor,

Democrats, independents and responsible Republicans need to do two things with their recall ballots: Vote “no” on the recall and then vote for Democratic candidate Kenneth Paffrath in the slim chance that Gov. Newsom is recalled.

The worst outcome would be for a right-wing Republican like Larry Elder to become governor. The damage to the state could be devastating: a surge of delta variant infections and deaths, economic upheaval, local school districts forbidden to require masks to protect children, women’s rights restricted, increased gun violence, minimum-wage law repealed, more mega-droughts, water shortages and horrific forest fires.

By voting “no” on the recall and voting for Kenneth Paffrath, the worst of all possible options won’t occur: Our great state run into the ground by a disastrous right-wing Republican governor.

Gov. Newsom is doing a great job and deserves our vote of confidence. Please take the time to vote.

Peter Wiesick

Woodland

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(8) comments

Terence Y

Actually, Mr. Wiesick, if somebody votes NO on the recall, I’m not sure any choice on a replacement candidate would be counted. To be sure a replacement candidate vote will be counted, vote YES on the recall and then choose a replacement.

wlydecker

End white privilege. About time we had a black governor.Vote for diversity, equality. California has no room for hate. Black Lives Matter and Elder is black. Did I miss any knee-jerk media boilerplate?

Ray Fowler

You skipped over the LA Times column saying that Elder is the "black face of white supremacy." So, if Newsom is ousted due to his white privilege, then Larry cannot replace him because according to a presidential candidate last year, Larry "ain't black."

Tommy Tee

Agree--vote NO and wait for a real election next year, with candidates willing to actually run (something Elder said he wasn't interested in doing).

Ray Fowler

Hello, Tommy

Recall advocates will often point to Gavin's gaffe at the French Laundry as an example of failed leadership. What is your explanation for supporting a "what is good for thee is not good for me" philosophy during a lock down?

Dirk van Ulden

Hey Peter, this State has already been run into the ground by your hero Newsom and his mentor Brown. We need a new approach and less of a Nanny State. Back to basics so let's vote YES and elect a common sense candidate who is not beholden by the labor unions and special interests. Elder will be a breath of fresh air in that stuffy, self-serving Democrat Party-controlled mess in Sacramento.

Ray Fowler

Well said, Dirk. Reminds me of something I read a while back... "What? Your state government is controlled by a single political party? My condolences." Joe Stalin

Ray Fowler

OK... before blood pressures on the left side of the aisle skyrockets... the previous quote is not real. It's a joke.

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