John Cox
John Cox. Campaign photo

Rancho Santa Fe’s John Cox got a boost from a powerful fellow California Republican Thursday in his campaign to be the Golden State’s next governor.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents the Bakersfield area, added his name to a list of Republicans endorsing Cox.

“John Cox has proven that he has what it takes to wage a vigorous challenge to the liberal Sacramento policies that threaten California’s future,” said McCarthy.

Cox, a newcomer to California politics who moved here after a business and political career in Illinois, has won a number of key endorsements in recent weeks as he has pulled ahead in the polls, ranking second to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The other major Republican candidate is Travis Allen, an Assemblymember from Huntington Beach who is considered the more conservative candidate.

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Chris Jennewein

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