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By Kiet Do | Originally Posted on CBS SF Bay Area

SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Larry Elder, the Republican frontrunner in the California gubernatorial recall election, blasted Gov. Gavin Newsom in a rapid-fire stump speech, going through a laundry list of issues, during an hourlong campaign stop at Calvary Chapel in San Jose Thursday.

“He shut down this state in the most severe way, more than any of the other 49 governors, while sitting up there at the French Laundry restaurant,” said Elder, referring to a Nov. 2020 incident in which Newsom was photographed dining at the upscale Napa Valley restaurant while much of the state remained under lockdown.

Elder continued his criticism of Newsom on Prop. 47, approved by the voters, that reduced certain felonies to misdemeanors.

“The idea was that if you steal less than $950, it makes more sense for you to go into rehab than to go to jail. As a result, people are stealing $950 worth of stuff. They can do it every single day at every single store the worst that could happen to you, you get a ticket, you’re a misdemeanor,” Elder said.

Elder continued on about Newsom, regarding the $15 minimum wage and the shutdown of in-person schooling during the first year of the pandemic.

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