How the Progressive Left is Successfully Hijacking the California Governor’s Race to Put Two Democrats on Top

Craig HueyCurrent Events, Deep State, Election, Election Recommendations22 Comments

Elections can be dirty.

Too often, they are corrupted by distortions, lies and half-truths about candidates.

It’s sad, but true: Many voters – even educated and informed individuals – believe lies that are spread by dishonest campaign consultants and political activists.

So, they vote for the wrong candidate … without knowing they have been manipulated and misinformed.

For readers in California, this article is critical…For those outside California, you’ll be amazed at how corrupt politics can be.

Please take the time to read it carefully and completely.

In a dirty election, truth and integrity are tossed out the window. Citizens are robbed of their voice. And dishonest, power-hungry politicians win.

The race for Governor of California has become a dirty campaign for progressive Democrats.

In an effort to make sure two Democrats are on the November ballot for Governor, Progressive Democrats are trying to destroy the Republican candidate who is most likely to win one of the top two spots in the Primary.

John Cox is currently tied with Antonio Villaraigosa for the #2 spot in the pre-Primary polling.

The campaign against Cox is completely false. It’s fueled by lies and absurd distortions of truth.

But with millions of dollars in funding behind them, the progressive Democrats are succeeding in manipulating potentially millions of Conservatives.


Let me explain:

The Progressive political elite have always believed that the most popular and well-known Democrat candidates – Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa – would be the top two candidates in the Governor’s race.

They never worried about a Republican candidate, until John Cox rose to #2…and the progressives started to panic…

And they started to play dirty to ensure they win.

One specific organization – the California Charter Schools Association Advocates – wanted to ensure that Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa – the only Democrat who supports charter schools – would rise to the top. So, to make sure that their own aims succeed – and that a Democrat becomes governor – this association began pouring massive funding into a fraudulent, multi-million dollar campaign attacking John Cox.

First, they spent nearly $4 million on two direct mailers that picture John Cox and accuse him of being a former “Democratic activist.” They attack him on several accounts.

I fact-checked every single issue. None of them are true…Most are absolutely ludicrous. Here’s a mailer, below.


John Cox

Notice the headline; It intends to tarnish his name by mentioning “Chicago” and “Democrat.”

Is John Cox secretly a Democrat? Was he recently a Democrat? The implication is “Yes.”

In reality, Cox was a registered Democrat at one time – at the age of 21, in the late 1970’s. By the time he was 26, he was a registered Republican—and has been a Republican ever since. He even ran for the Senate as a registered Republican against Barack Obama.

The mailer also lists items on Cox’s “Liberal Record,” including the lie that he has ties to George Soros.

The source of this lie comes from the fact that Cox had given money to a group to help him pass a proposition on the California ballot that never gathered enough signatures to reach the ballot. George Soros had also given money to the same group for another purpose. So, Villaraigosa and the California Charter Schools Association Advocates distorted this fact to say that Cox is connected to Soros.

One of the other lies being spread about Cox is that he supports a high minimum wage.

John Cox is a strong advocate for the free market. He supported Ted Cruz for President, and he has actively been promoting the Club for Growth for 20 years, a free market think tank and political group in Washington DC.

He was also very active in the Jack Kemp for President campaign and worked with Kemp in the Reagan years.

John Cox is hardly a Democrat. But much of the state – which is already voting by mail – are believing these lies.

These types of mailers are one of the most effective ways that candidates are attacked and discredited … and they are not uncommon.

I even created a video on slate mailers (watch here). A slate mailer being circulated now says “Official Republican Voter Guide.” It contains a picture of a letter from the Republican party … a donation opportunity on another page … and finally, marked ballots choosing Progressive Liberals, not Republicans.

It’s not obvious that the candidates marked are Democrats.

The goal is for Conservatives who receive this mailer to use it to vote—for Democratic candidates who don’t support their values.

This is the type of marketing that is being used by Progressives. They are falsely attacking Cox as a “Democratic Activist” when in reality, they are Democratic activists themselves.

But the fine print on the bottom of the Villaraigosa mailer about Cox tells a different story.

It says:

Paid for by Families & Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor 2018, sponsored by California Charter Schools Association Advocates


Villaraigosa and his corrupt campaign didn’t limit their efforts only to mail.

Here’s “part two” of their hate-fueled campaign: The California Charter Schools Association is also spending $1 million to make vicious, dishonest phone calls to Republicans that spread the same hateful lies about John Cox.

Right now in California, millions of Conservatives who care about the Second Amendment, the right to life and other issues are being called and told,

“Hello Mrs. Jones. I wanted to let you know that John Cox is financed by George Soros, and he opposes your right to own guns.”

These phone operators know your values, and they will target you with these lie-filled phone calls.

In reality, John Cox is a supporter of the second amendment and gets an A from the NRA. He has never donated to George Soros. In fact, John Cox is the polar opposite of George Soros in his values, positions and ideology.

The extreme distortion of truth being used by his political opponents – both Republicans and Democrats – is dishonest and shocking.

Here’s another lie that these telemarketers are telling Conservatives all over the state:

“Hello, Mr. George. I know you’re against abortion, and I have to tell you, John Cox has been inconsistent and can’t be trusted. He will not do anything about abortion. That’s why so many pastors are opposed to him.”

The truth is, most pastors, Church leaders and pro-life leaders support John Cox. He’s the only one who has won the endorsement of pro-life groups, including the Pro-life Council.

These types of phone calls, direct mail pieces, emails and Facebook posts are politically-motivated, fake news.

Unfortunately, this type of libel in a campaign is not unique.

It reminds me of the time I ran for office, and political opponents showed “my house” – a mansion in Miami with a yacht in the backyard. In reality, I live in a 1954 ranch-style house.

In the same campaign, I was accused of being financially corrupt because I had a former investment newsletter client who was sued by a shareholder. I hadn’t worked with this client in years.

But my opponents didn’t care about truth. They cared about ensuring that their political and ideological aims succeeded.

Likewise, Villaraigosa and the progressive Democrats are using deceit as a weapon against their opponents…and succeeding.


Conservative voters must not fall for these lies.

The sad truth is, many people are believing the hateful, false propaganda being spread by people who do not share their values.

I have received hundreds of emails from people who are warning me about Cox being a Democrat and friend of George Soros. They have been exposed to the lies being spread about Cox by the Progressive left.

Many have encouraged me to support Republican Travis Allen, who doesn’t have a chance of winning.

In reality, Travis Allen and John Cox are almost identical on the political and economic positions they hold (see comparison chart below).

John Cox

John Cox and Travis Allen do have three important differences:

  1. President Trump has endorsed John Cox.
  2. John Cox has consistently been #2 in the major polls. Travis Allen is at #5.
  3. John Cox has over $6 million. Travis Allen in the last reporting had about $140,000 and some $40,000 in debt.

Travis Allen cannot run a viable campaign. He has been consistently #5 or #6 in the polls. Donald Trump wants a winner, so he chose John Cox.

Voting for Allen in the primaries will help ensure that Cox doesn’t win – and that the top two candidates will be Democrats. Voting for Travis Allen, or any other Republican except for John Cox, is basically a vote for Antonio Villaraigosa.

It’s exactly what the Progressive liberals want.

Don’t be fooled by political direct mail.

Don’t be fooled by the lies that may be coming through your telephone.

This is all part of a deceitful political campaign meant to ensure that Villaraigosa wins the #2 in the primary… so that he has a chance at beating Gavin Newsom. It would also mean that John Cox – or any Republican – will not be the next Governor.

And your free-market, pro-family, pro-freedom values will not be supported.

Instead, California will continue down the same dangerous path of economic and moral destruction.

This makes it all the more important that you vote in the California primary on June 5th.

If you sit out the primary election and don’t vote, you are basically choosing another progressive Democrat to be the next Governor of California.

Incidentally, if you need recommendations for all of the California races, please view our Voter Recommendations for the June primaries.

22 Comments on “How the Progressive Left is Successfully Hijacking the California Governor’s Race to Put Two Democrats on Top”

  1. Ill try again Craig Cox will not debate Travis Allen when I was in the Santa Cruz when travis came to debate John Cox literally ran out of the room Cox’s position are a rehash of Travis’s positions this is dividing north and south Ca we dont need more division Craig give me who endorses John Cox I can’t find who supports him I listed before who supports Travis Dana Rohbacher and Tom McClintock no Rino’s these Anne Kucklick

    1. Donald Trump endorses John Cox.
      Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association endorses John Cox.
      Gary Bower and most Christian leaders and pastors endorse John Cox.
      Pro-life Council and other pro-life groups endorse John Cox…

      A vote for Travis Allen as the article shows is a vote for the Progressive Left because Travis doesn’t have the money or the ability to come in second. The latest polls shows Travis again in 5th place – and Cox and Villaraigosa virtually tied for 2nd. A vote for my friend Travis prevents John Cox from being second…and having two democrats running on the November ballot.

  2. When I asked him at santa cruz meeting about certain positions He wanted to support building hoses out by the train to nowhere that tells me He will not defund that monstrosity. I seriously believe he would not suppport Trump in his bid to bring our state back into the union also you know he did not vote for trump but Gary Johnson I willl continue to support Travis I’m sick of Rino’s Anne

  3. Travis Allen is not Pro Life! He abstained from voting on some of the Pro Life issues because Travis definitely doesn’t want to get found out by conservatives…Look at his voting record. At this point, you would be throwing your vote away to the Liberals as John Cox is in the running as #2 and Travis is not.
    The only way to get CA back is to be smart about your vote.

  4. Politics is a dirty business. I have lived in California for all of my 68 years, and suffered four terms of Jerry Brown. With the open primaries, we have to get smart, it is not like the old days. With closed primaries you could vote your conscience to micro match your personal preferences. Today we cannot do that, we need to unite behind the one candidate with the best chance to make the November ballot. even if he is only 75% perfect, that is better than the 0% you get with Newsome or 5% you might get with Villaraigosa. Not mentioned yet, but if we can get a candidate on the November ballot, I really think we can win. The left has arrogantly been marching down the road to communism, and most Californians are not in agreement with many of the recent decisions. Get either of the liberal candidates in office and the pace might even pick up. We have a lot of ammo to bring to the fight, but if Cox does not get on the ballot we will never get to use it. If we do not stand together then we will fall apart.

  5. I have lived in California for many decades. The next governor will be a Democrat, no matter who runs. A vote for the Republican candidate is a vote for Gavin since he will then be the only Democrat on the General Election ballot. By voting for Villaraigosa we are voting to give ourselves at least a choice between the lesser evil in November.

  6. In debates Cox seems no match for the fire I see in Travis Allen. He may not have the money but seems like the better candidate to me. We need a strong leader not someone who gets so flustered like Cox.

  7. I think it boils down to who to vote for the one with the standards and ideals or the one with the most money

  8. Just got a mailer a couple days ago that is supposedly put out by Allen. It’s a re-hash of the Dem mailer shown above by Craig, except it masquerades as a Travis Allen mailer. Has pics and recommendations of Allen all over it. But at the bottom of the last page, in VERY small print, it says “Paid for by Families and Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa…”

    Can you say “LYING SACK OF EXCREMENT?!?” We have GOT to get these leftist crooks out of our govt.

  9. How long has Mr. Cox been in California? Travis Allen has the background I want as governor. He has been in the garbage pit with the Progressive Dems. fighting the fight. Did Mr. Cox agree to debate Travis Allen any place or time? How much background does he have in California politics or Chicago politics?

  10. I agree Joan when they were together in santa cruz county He would only talk if Travis was not there. I you have standards you fight for them. I have checked his voting record on vote smart it is not entirely clean but we told travis a friend and I that we would keep an eye to make sure he would stick to the promises he said he would I Vote Standards not personalities Anne

  11. Yes, with voters like you, you are sure to be correct…I wonder how many vote for a Democrat because they are sure a Democrat will win. I hope you using satire.

  12. An excellent article!! I really enjoyed it!! Posted it on my Facebook…….hope more people will read!!

  13. Thanks for this article, Craig! The dilemma that we have in top 2 primary is awful. You’ve made a good point–one that is often ignored by many conservative voters–and that is, we have to get in the top 2 to even make a fight. How many times do we have to fight our own and lose before people get it?

  14. If you do get 2 dems on the ballot, it might be a perfect storm for a unitary conservative write in election upset.

  15. Travis Allen is a Native Californian and currently a State Assemblyman. He is Pro-Life, for a Border Wall, against Sanctuary Cities and full of enthusiasm for the State he loves. He will end the “train to nowhere”, end the gas tax, end Common Core in education. He was music to my ears when it comes to the issues in our state. Cox is a transplant from Chicago, is not a true conservative. Allen is the better candidate and situations like this infuriate me with the RNC. Cox should be the one to step down and the RNC better get its act together so split votes never happen. If a Republican isn’t #2, we beat ourselves. I’m a Native Californian and sick of our beautiful state being ruined by some 49 years of Democratic rhetoric. Vote Travis Allen. He can beat Gavin Newsome in November. Cox doesn’t stand a chance of doing that. He’s never won a campaign yet even in Illinois and he’s had 4 time losing streak to show for it.

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