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.”