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Faulconer Calls Fresno ‘Nowhere’ in Recall Campaign Stop



Kevin Faulconer tried to drum up support for his recall campaign on Thursday morning in south Fresno. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)
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Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer indirectly called Fresno “nowhere” during his recall campaign stop in the city on Thursday morning.

Speaking to a tiny crowd for about five minutes, the Republican candidate predictably criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom and fellow GOP recall candidate Larry Elder.

“Gavin Newsom has ignored the Central Valley as we stand here today,” Faulconer said. “He has promoted instead of giving us the (water) infrastructure and the resources we need. … And so instead of building trains to nowhere, we will build additional reservoirs.”


Fresno, of course, will have the nation’s first high-speed rail station downtown, as the city’s mayor’s, Jerry Dyer, noted at Thursday’s city council meeting.

In addition, Dyer spoke with President Joe Biden last week and Dyer said that the president committed to allocating infrastructure funding for high-speed rail.

The Fresno mayor clearly believes high-speed rail is an important and worthy investment — even if Faulconer doesn’t.

Elder, a talk-show radio host, has eclipsed Faulconer in recent polling as the leading candidate to supplant Newsom should the Sept. 14 recall of the governor succeed.

Faulconer blasted Elder for avoiding debates and for Elder’s statements about women.

“I’m going to support working women,” Faulconer said. “You cannot discriminate against women in the workplace.”


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email