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LOS ANGELES—In a blitz of TV ads and a last-minute rally, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged voters Sunday to turn back a looming recall vote that could remove him from office, while leading Republican Larry Elder broadly criticized the media for what he described as double standards that insulated Newsom from criticism and scrutiny throughout the contest.
The sunny, late-summer weekend was a swirl of political activity, as candidates held rallies, continued bus tours and cluttered the TV airwaves with advertising offering their closing arguments in advance of the election that concludes Tuesday.
Newsom—who is expecting President Joe Biden on Monday for a capstone get-out-the-vote rally in Long Beach—was in a largely Hispanic area on the northern edge of Los Angeles, where he sought to drive up turnout with the key voting bloc.
Elder also was in Los Angeles, where he was joined by activist and former actress Rose McGowan, who repeated her claims from recent days that Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, attempted to persuade her in 2017 not to go public with her allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Siebel Newsom’s office described the allegations as a “complete fabrication.” In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Newsom characterized McGowan’s claims as a “last-minute classic hit piece” as someone who is supporting Elder in the recall.
In addition to endorsing Elder, McGowan announced that she had quit the Democratic party. “It gives me no great pleasure to call out Democrats. I was a Democrat,” she told a press conference.
Rose McGowan is a brave and courageous person who understands how oppressive the system has become. I look forward to standing with her today at 1pm as we join forces on behalf of all Californians to hold our failed leaders accountable.
Meanwhile, the governor called Elder desperate and grasping, saying McGowan’s claims about his wife “just shows you how low things go in campaigns these days.”
He echoed his earlier criticism of Elder, saying the conservative talk show host and lawyer “doesn’t believe that women have the right to their own reproductive freedoms, he’s devoutly opposed to Roe v. Wade, doesn’t believe there’s a glass ceiling, doesn’t believe in pay equity laws.”
During her appearance, McGowan spoke warmly of Elder and lambasted Hollywood Democrats who she said traumatized her life. She now lives in Mexico.
“Do I agree with him on all points? No,” McGowan said. “So what. He is the better candidate. He is the better man.”
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“Do I agree with him on all issues? No. But he is the better candidate & the better man.” @rosemcgowan endorses @larryelder. Says she listened to his radio show for years & used to call in & debate with a fake name. pic.twitter.com/NanFmi8vRO— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) September 12, 2021
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