John Cox, candidate for governor, speaks at the California Republican Party Convention in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

President Trump on Friday backed John Cox for governor, saying the newcomer to California politics would be “the best Governor you’ve ever had.”

Cox is an Illinois businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the House and Senate in that state before relocating to exclusive Rancho Santa Fe a decade ago.

In recent weeks Cox has focused his campaign on repealing the gas tax increase and California’s so-called sanctuary laws.

”We should begin by repealing Jerry Brown’s massive $52 billion gas tax increase and ending the “Sanctuary State,” he says on his campaign website.

“I’m a businessman, not a politician. I have a 35-year conservative record and have an economic plan that will make California affordable again for middle class families.”

The California Republican Party did not endorse a gubernatorial candidate at its convention in San Diego earlier this month.

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Chris Jennewein

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