John Cox. Campaign photo

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association‘s political action committee announced Monday it has endorsed Rancho Santa Fe Republican John Cox in his campaign for governor of California.

Cox, a successful Illinois businessman and California political newcomer, has ranked second after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in recent polls, and also is a leader of the effort to repeal the gas tax increase passed by the state Legislature last year.

“It is critical to have a pro-taxpayer candidate at the top of the ticket in November,” said Jon Coupal, chairman of the Howard Jarvis PAC. “If two tax-and-spend progressives are the only candidates on the ballot after the primary, that hurts our ability to advance our continued protection of Proposition 13 and California’s beleaguered middle class.”

Coupal said the other Republican in the race, Travis Allen, has been an effective voice in the Legislature on behalf of taxpayers, receiving a 100 percent voting record with the taxpayers association.

“We wish Travis Allen the best, but it is now time for all California taxpayers to coalesce around the candidate who is best positioned to carry the pro-Prop 13 flag into November,” said Coupal.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.