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Dan Logue and Ted Gaines from the North State have already endorsed… and now the Endorsements from Inside the district are starting to fall.

Senator Dave Cox is regarded as a godfather in the Sacramento County Republican Party – I would have to assume that other major Sacramento County Endorsements are going to follow this:

Senator Dave Cox Endorses Andy Pugno for Assembly

Mar 3, 2010

Folsom – The Andy Pugno for Assembly campaign has announced the endorsement of Sacramento area icon State Senator Dave Cox.

“Andy is the best choice for us to elect to the Assembly. He will fight against tax increases, reduce regulation on businesses, and serve the people of our community,” said Cox. “I will be working to make sure he gets elected in November and then working with him next year to represent our area.”

Senator Cox has served the people of the Sacramento area for more than two decades. After a successful career in the private sector Cox was elected to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors, and then on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. He served six years in the State Assembly, and is in the middle of his second term in the State Senate.

“Senator Cox is a true leader in this region. He represents the best combination of business experience, conservative values, and fiscal discipline,” said Pugno. “I am honored to have his support and look forward to working with him to serve the people of Sacramento and Placer Counties.

Pugno is an honors graduate of UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law. He lives in Folsom with his wife Colleen and their three children. He is active at St. Mel’s Catholic Church in Fair Oaks.

This is huge, folks – with 4 other candidates that we know of filing in the Republican primary in AD05… the Dave Cox endorsement will lead to other endorsements and even more money.

That is substantial – as Pugno is expected to face off against a very wealthy and very liberal opponent in the fall.

Craig DeLuz – who I endorsed last year fired a pre-emptive shot this morning:

Republican Establishment supports AD 5 Newcomer While Conservative grassroots support Craig DeLuz

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick, Sen. Dave Cox and Assemblyman Roger Niello all signed on to endorse their candidate, one of the Fifth Assembly District’s newest residents, Andy Pugno.

It came as no surprise to the DeLuz Campaign however, “To some, the amount of money a candidate has raised is the only factor they use in determining their quality as a candidate.” Pointed out DeLuz Campaign spokesman, Scott Raab, “They ignore the fact that every grass roots GOP group that has endorsed in this race, has endorsed one candidate. There is only one candidate who has lived and worked in the community for over 15 years as a grassroots activist, public school teacher and elected school board member; and there is only one candidate that can claim the support of Republicans and Democrats throughout the district. That one candidate is Craig DeLuz.”

But being an underdog is nothing new for Craig, whose record demonstrates he is not afraid to challenge the status quo. “I’ve fought the Democratic establishment as well as the Republicans when I felt they were wrong.” Stated DeLuz, who believes that is why he has been successful in getting elected to school board in one of AD 5’s most Democratic Areas. “Voters want a leader who isn’t afraid to stand and work alongside them on the issues that impact our community. That is exactly what I have done over the last 15 years.”

Craig’s record as a grassroots activist is well established. California Tea Party Leader, Mark Meckler shared that Craig “…was one of the few who came out and was willing to stand with us when nobody else was. That’s the kind of leadership we need in this state.” And Lew Uhler, President of the National Tax Limitation Committee said, “Craig DeLuz is an outspoken friend for the taxpayer and possesses the ability to communicate our conservative principles with uncommon power and clarity.”

Craig DeLuz currently serves as a member of the Robla School Board of Trustees; one of Sacramento’s highest performing school districts. He has worked to advance Republican values as Chairman of the California Black Republican Council and Chairman of the Sacramento Republican Assembly. Craig is a widely recognized voice for conservative values and has appeared as a public speaker, radio talk show personality and frequent guest of political and community television shows.

Throughout his 15 years of service as a conservative community leader, Craig has fought against wasteful spending, bigger government and higher taxes.  If you would like to learn more about Craig or get involved in the campaign, please contact Scott Raab at 916-468-0594 or visit our website at

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