California gubernatorial recall candidate Larry Elder slammed the state’s minimum wage on Tuesday, saying it should be much lower: zero.
The conservative radio-host-turned-Newsom-challenger criticized the state’s Democratic-led government for imposing a $14 minimum wage for businesses with 26 or more employees and $13 for those employing fewer than 26 people, saying officials are interfering in places they shouldn’t.
“For somebody who’s never run a business to tell business people … ‘I’m going to jack up your price of labor, and you’re going to deal with it,’ to me, it’s offensive,” Elder also said during the interview, adding later, “Why two people who are adults can’t determine what the price of labor ought to be, is beyond me, and why a third party feels it is his or her business to interfere with that is also beyond me.”
Elder is among more than 40 candidates who qualified to face Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in his Sept. 14 recall election. Several prominent California Republicans, including Caitlyn Jenner and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, mounted campaigns of their own aimed at ousting Newsom.
Elder’s comments reflect the message he conveyed in his campaign announcement, in which he blamed the state’s government for “the decline of California.”
“The more I got into this, the more I became optimistic that maybe, just maybe, somebody named Larry Elder can do a little something about some of the problems plaguing California,” he said Tuesday.