In a bookend to his first bus tour in May, businessman and 2018 GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Cox began his final bus tour in the recall election in Modesto on Tuesday.
Unlike his previous tours which had used gimmicks such as bringing out a live bear, showing off an 8-foot-tall ball of trash, and using giant Monopoly-style “Gavinopoly” boards, Cox gave a more subdued announcement on Tuesday with Modesto’s famed “Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health” sign in the background.
“In Modesto talking about taxes, cost of living, water, wildfires, and homelessness,” tweeted Cox on Tuesday. “These aren’t political problems. These are fixable management issues. Let’s recall Gavin Newsom and elect a businessman with a record of achieving results.”
In Modesto talking about taxes, cost of living, water, wildfires, and homelessness. These aren’t political problems. These are fixable management issues. Let’s recall @GavinNewsom and elect a businessman with a record of achieving results. Read my plan: https://t.co/8P64IvcO4v pic.twitter.com/00nscDvFJR
— John Cox (@BeastJohnCox) September 7, 2021
With recent polls showing Governor Gavin Newsom gaining support in stopping the recall next week, and Cox trailing both radio host Larry Elder and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in the candidate question should Newsom be ousted, the candidate from Rancho Santa Fe decided to refocus he campaign in the final week. Specifically, Cox would be focusing more on what Newsom and wrong and what is needed to fix the state, steering away from a more issue-intensive campaign currently being run by most other major candidates.
“We can not let Gavin Newsom and other candidates distract from the real problems facing our state,” Cox said on Tuesday. “When this recall is about Newsom and his failures, we win. When it is about wild statements or ideas of other candidates, Newsom wins. We have got to keep the focus on Newsom’s failures.”
“Taxes, cost of living, water, wildfires, homelessness; these aren’t political problems. They’re readily fixable management issues. Celebrities and career politicians won’t fix California. I’ve solved problems all my life. Let’s fix California.”
With only a week to go before the recall election, political experts have noted that Cox’s sudden swing will likely not bring in too many more votes for him, but will keep him in the eye of the public.
“Cox is going down swinging, which you can’t say the same for all candidates,” explained former lobbyist Harry Schultz to the Globe on Tuesday. “If this is gearing up for another crack at the office next year, or perhaps looking for another elected position down the line, he could do worse.”
“I’m not sure what Cox, Elder, Faulconer, Kiley, or any other candidates can do right now to get people to vote against Newsom. They’re still hoping on a lower than expected turnout and that the polls have been somewhat off on accuracy. And, if you are familiar with recent Congressional and Presidential races and polls, they aren’t unfounded. They’re proving that California still has a very Republican side to it with this after all.”
“But Cox is till going, still trying out there. He’s not phoning it in. So it’s likely he’s planning something else in the future whether he wants to admit it or not. He hasn’t declared yet for next year.”
The recall election is due to be held in a week on September 14th.