Newsom recall: How did John Cox fall from GOP grace?

In summary

In 2018, the San Diego millionaire was the Republican pick for governor. In the 2021 Newsom recall, he is a man without a party. And Cox is just fine with that.

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It’s two days before the California Republican Party is supposed to pick its torchbearer, so the other leading candidates in the campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom are busy making phone calls and schmoozing party delegates. 

But John Cox has other plans this Thursday morning: He’s in front of the state Capitol showing off a life-sized board game. “Gavinopoly” — which the candidate explains is meant to illustrate his new tax plan — is only the latest prop in what has become the recall’s most prop-happy campaign.