Republican candidate for California governor John Cox was swarmed by supporters as he rolled his “Help Is On the Way” tour bus into a McHenry Avenue parking lot for a campaign stop Sunday afternoon. He also was met there by U.S. Rep Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, who’s campaigning to keep his 10th Congressional District seat.
Both candidates painted their races as a fight for the state’s future and against San Francisco Bay Area values. Cox’s opponent is Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Denham’s is Josh Harder, a Turlock-born-and-raised venture capitalist in Boston, New York City and San Francisco before he returned to the Valley to teach business at Modesto Junior College.
“Take a look at that city,” Cox said of San Francisco. He was met with boos and groans of agreement. It used to be a wonderful city, he said, but run by Newsom, it was “run into the ground.”
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