Several court scuffles are underway as California moves toward finalizing the list of candidates for the September recall election that could oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office during his first term. Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a decision by California election officials that blocked him from the contest, saying he’s the target of political “shenanigans” by Democrats who fear he’s a threat to Newsom.
Meanwhile, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is expected in court to seek permission to identify himself as the “retired” San Diego mayor on the ballot, a label the state rejected. He qualified as a candidate but wants to use his title of choice.
In another dispute over ballot language, YouTube creator and candidate Kevin Paffrath has sued to get his nickname “Meet Kevin” on the ballot, with a hearing set for Wednesday afternoon. The legal maneuvering provided the latest drama as the state moved toward finalizing the list of candidates for the recall, which is scheduled to be released Wednesday.