Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) today announced the endorsement of respected law enforcement leaders -- Retired Mono County Sheriff Dan Paranick, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, and Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff -- who stand with him in his bid to become the Congressman from the newly drawn 8th Congressional district. Cook's Congressional campaign is co-chaired by retired San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod.
Said Cook, "When law enforcement made me aware of loopholes in our law that allowed convicted sex offenders to move into our neighborhoods without having to register, I fought to close that loophole. I'm honored that these law enforcement leaders trust me to continue fighting the spread of gang violence and ensuring front-line officers have the tools they need."
Retired Mono County Sheriff Dan Paranick cited Cook's work to fight gang violence and close loopholes for sex offenders saying, "Colonel Cook's record of standing with law enforcement and passing tough laws against gang-related crimes is rock solid. He's fought to protect our most vulnerable from sexual predators, and he's tough as nails. Paul's earned my trust. Let's send him to Congress."
Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach stated, "I'm proud to support Paul Cook for Congress. We've worked closely to address some of our region's most pressing law enforcement challenges. Paul has helped crack down on government corruption. He's closed loopholes that let sex offenders evade registering with law enforcement. Living outside his district, I wish I could vote to send Colonel Cook to Congress. I can't, but you can. The bottom line is that Paul gets it done."
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.