Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced the endorsements of leading Republican lawmakers today. Both Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway -- who represents Barstow, Needles, many rural areas in San Bernardino County, and all of Inyo County -- as well as Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff have endorsed Cook. They were joined by the following lawmakers in their endorsement: Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Bill Berryhill, Martin Garrick, Diane Harkey, Kevin Jeffries, Brian Nestande, Jim Nielsen, and Don Wagner. Senators Tom Berryhill, Anthony Cannella, and Bob Dutton.
Assemblymembers Curt Hagman, Jeff Gorell, and Mike Morrell have previously endorsed Cook, and Senator Bill Emmerson serves as Cook's campaign co-chair.
Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel joined former BOE Member and Cook campaign co-chair Bill Leonard in endorsing Cook. Colonel Cook has also been endorsed by Governor Pete Wilson, Congressman Darrell Issa, Congressman Jeff Denham, and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, who also serves as his campaign co-chair.
Conway stated, "Colonel Cook has been a champion for California taxpayers. Despite coming under incredible pressure from pro-tax forces, Paul stood firm and helped end the largest tax increase in California history. No other candidate in this race can match his record."
Huff stated, "Paul Cook is the real deal. He has never voted for higher taxes as a state lawmaker, so voters can be certain he'll oppose higher taxes in Congress. We've fought together against big government for over half a decade, and I know he'll continue that fight in Washington."
Leonard stated, "Colonel Cook's a proven tax fighter. Paul's support for conservative economic policies that create jobs in our community and his fight to reduce taxes has earned him my trust and my support."
Cook said, "I'm thrilled to have the endorsements of so many leaders. We've stood shoulder-to-shoulder against higher taxes and overregulation. I'm humbled to have their confidence and trust to continue our fight in Washington."
An infantry officer who served with distinction in the US Marine Corps and veteran of the Vietnam War, Colonel Paul Cook's military career spanned twenty-six years. Cook's actions in combat earned him a number of honors, including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device. Cook retired from the US Marine Corps as a colonel.