Help is on the way.” That’s the message Republican John Cox hoped to deliver to voters on a recently concluded 30-stop bus tour of California in the waning days of the 2018 election for governor. Trailing his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, by double digits in most polls, Cox took his bid directly to the voters, meeting with workers who make Sriracha hot sauce in Irwindale, attending Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Indio, touring a homeless shelter in San Diego, and pressing the flesh at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Fremont and a car show in Stockton. In Chico, he buttonholed drivers at the Costco gas station, until security asked him to leave.H
John Cox and the Sad State of California’s GOP
Republicans have become so disempowered in the state that their gubernatorial nominee is an Illinoisan who has lost every race he’s run.