John Cox, republican gubernatorial candidate, will hold a press conference in Fresno calling on the Central Valley and local governments to follow Orange County in rejecting sanctuary polices. The press conference is set to take place in front of the Robert E. Coyle Federal Courthouse in downtown Fresno at 1:15 PM.
Polling in recent weeks had John Cox trailing democrat gubernatorial Gavin Newsome in second place, but a recent SurveyUSA election poll has Cox trailing Newsom and democrat gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa.
John Cox has visited the Central Valley on numerous occasions this election season. Cox recently received the endorsement from the Fresno County Republican Party. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also endorsed John Cox.
Last month, Orange County Board of Supervisors voted on a resolution unanimously to exempt themselves from SB 54. Senate Bill 54 officially known as the “California Values Act” more commonly known as the “Sanctuary State” Bill, signed by Governor Brown on October 5, 2017 restricts local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
This event is about timing. John Cox is polling well and reiterating his position against sanctuary cities will only aid his candidacy. However, the trip to the Central Valley is interesting because no Central Valley city has expressed the desire to go against California’s decision on “sanctuary status.” A resolution against the sanctuary state bill introduced by Fresno City Council Member Steve Brandau was unsuccessful because it lacked support on the dais.
Will any elected officials or organizations join John Cox during the press conference? We shall see if anyone is serious about joining the Trump Administration in the Central Valley and go against California.
Story will be updated.