Republican gubernatorial candidate, businessman John Cox, debuted his marketing campaign Tuesday in Sacramento, however his reside political stunt involving a bear drew heavy criticism.
Cox spoke to reporters in California’s capital about the necessity to change Gavin Newsom, whom he known as a “magnificence,” with himself, “a beast.” The speech was punctuated with a disinterested 1,000-pound bear actually lumbering round behind Cox.
John Cox, Republican candidate within the California recall election, brings a 1,000-pound bear to his press convention:
“We’re going to wish large, beastly adjustments to be made within the state.” pic.twitter.com/b8pyJTXtNy
— The Recount (@therecount) May 4, 2021
“The gorgeous politicians have failed California,” Cox mentioned. “We’d like large beastly adjustments to reserve it. I’ll minimize taxes, make California extra reasonably priced and shake up Sacramento.”
PETA weighed on this night with a tweet saying, “It’s shameful that @BeastJohnCox would exploit a bear for publicity. Wild animals have to be left alone, not confined to a pen & wheeled out for occasions. They’re not props.”
It’s shameful that @BeastJohnCox would exploit a bear for publicity. Wild animals have to be left alone, not confined to a pen & wheeled out for occasions. They are not props.
*As a 501(c)(3) IRS laws prohibit us from endorsing/opposing a candidate/social gathering. pic.twitter.com/4VqwPyXsmn
— PETA (@peta) May 5, 2021
Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, expressed outrage on the stunt. “I used to be disenchanted and appalled to see gubernatorial hopeful John Cox parade a reside bear to his press convention in Sacramento right this moment,” mentioned Hueso.
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“Two years in the past I launched SB 313, which was signed into legislation and bans the usage of wild animals in circuses. Whereas the letter of the legislation pertained to circuses, the spirit of the legislation protected animals, equivalent to Kodiak bears, from being utilized in occasions as props, equivalent to Mr. Cox’s publicity stunt,” the senator continued.
Senate Invoice 313 was signed into legislation in 2019 by Newsom and protects wild or unique animals by prohibiting any individual from sponsoring, conducting, working or taking part in a circus that makes use of any animal apart from a home canine, home cat or domesticated horse.
Judie Mancuso, the founder and CEO of the political advocacy group Social Compassion in Laws, additionally had alternative phrases for Cox.
“It was horrific to see the blatant disrespect for wildlife coming from political candidate, John Cox, right this moment,” she mentioned. “Californians love their wildlife, and the very last thing we need to see is a 1,000-pound bear dragged across the state to in some way make up for a politician’s brawn that he aspires to personal.”
Cox claimed the bear is tame, nicely taken care of and would die within the wild.
“We made positive that all the pieces about this bear is taken care of within the utmost,” he mentioned. Cox additionally used a bear in a marketing campaign advert he launched Tuesday, taking part in off the ursine symbolism within the state’s flag.
Cox plans a six-city bus tour this week.
Newsom is dealing with a potential recall election this fall — following a 30-day interval permitting individuals to take away their signatures from recall petitions — after a concerted effort to collect signatures discovered a minimum of 1.6 million. Newsom bested Cox within the 2018 gubernatorial race by practically three million votes. The governor spoke in regards to the recall election Tuesday, calling it a “sideshow” and “a joke.”
The sector of Republican challengers consists of Olympian Caitlyn Jenner — who additionally launched a campaign video on Tuesday — former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former Rep. Doug Ose.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.