Cox releases new ad blaming the ‘political class’ for California’s ills

Republican candidate for governor John Cox launched his first campaign ad for the general election Monday, blaming Democratic rival Gavin Newsom and California’s “political class” for a series of problems including water restrictions and the state’s high poverty rates.

In the two-minute digital ad, which will run on social media, Cox looks into the camera and tells viewers he’s the political outsider who can fix California’s ills. That’s been the theme of the Cox campaign since he announced his bid for governor in early 2017.

“This election is about the status quo versus change,” Cox says in the ad. “Gavin Newsom stands with the lobbyists and the corrupt insiders. It’s about time someone stands with the Californians he’s forgotten.”

Cox is a wealthy businessman from northern San Diego County who has never held elected office, though he unsuccessfully ran for office several times while living in Illinois. Newsom is California’s lieutenant governor and is a former mayor of San Francisco.

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