Premiere on Fox: The team of Republican candidate for governor of California, Kevin Faulconer, on Tuesday accused State Democrats of trying to “hide important information about the ballot” after California Secretary of State Shirley Weber said blocked the use of his preferred ballot designation in the next recall elections.
Faulconer sued Weber this week, alleging his office “illegally rejected” his request to be called a “retired San Diego mayor” in the recall election for California Gov. Gavin Newsom on September 14. decision before his office sent a list of certified candidates to county election officials on Wednesday.
“It is clear that Gavin Newsom and his allies are sweating on our campaign,” Faulconer campaign communications director John Burke said in a statement. “The California Democratic Party knows that Mayor Faulconer is the biggest threat to ending one-party rule in Sacramento. Change is coming to California, and these partisan attempts to hide important information from voters on the ballot papers. ‘will not prevent Newsom from being recalled. ”
Faulconer served as mayor of San Diego from 2014 to 2020. His lawsuit argues that “retired mayor of San Diego” is the “most accurate description of Mr. Faulconer’s most recent occupation” and notes that the state electoral code only prohibits the use of the word “old.”
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The lawsuit says Weber’s office informed Faulconer of the decision last Friday, citing a regulation prohibiting the use of the word “retiree” except in cases of “voluntary retirement from the public service.” Faulconer’s lawyers say Weber misinterpreted the settlement.
The secretary of state’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
In an amicus brief supporting Weber’s decision, Rusty Hicks, chairman of the California Democratic Party, argued that Faulconer should not be called a “retired mayor of San Diego” because he continued to work as as a government adviser and university professor since he left office.
“Although Mr. Faulconer does not want to use his current professions on his official ballot designation when he runs as a replacement candidate for the recall election for governor and instead wishes to refer to his former position of Mayor of San Diego, the state’s election law and related regulations couldn’t be clearer, ”Hicks said.
Faulconer is not the only gubernatorial candidate to continue his ballot designation. Another candidate, YouTube influencer Kevin Paffrath, sued Weber’s office after rejecting his offer to be called “Meet Kevin” on the ballot.
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Faulconer is one of dozens of candidates vying to replace Newsom, who has been criticized for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Residents of the state will vote on whether to recall Newsom and, if that vote passes, who should replace him as governor.
Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this report.
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