YUCCA VALLEY – Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced the endorsement of former California Governor Pete Wilson for his 8th District Congressional campaign.
Wilson stated, “Colonel Cook had an outstanding career as a Marine and is the outstanding candidate in this Congressional race. He is a man of the highest integrity and seeks to serve our country once again with the same strong values, intelligence, reliability, and character that he demonstrated throughout his service in the Marine Corps. Paul is a leader and a problem solver. He will be just what this country needs in Congress. I'm proud to support him.”
Wilson served as the 36th governor of California (1991–1999), capping more than three decades of public service that included eight years as a US Senator (1983–1991). Wilson attended Yale University on an ROTC scholarship and served three years as a Marine Corps infantry officer, eventually becoming a platoon leader.
As governor, Wilson led efforts to enact tougher crime laws and signed California’s landmark “Three Strikes” law (25 years to life for repeat felons) and “One Strike” law (25 years to life for aggravated rape or child molestation). Notably, he guided California out of a deep recession and into a sustained period of economic growth. Wilson also enacted sweeping welfare reforms, including time limits and work requirements, and historic education reforms, including class-size reduction. He left office with a public approval rating identical to that of Ronald Reagan at the conclusion of his service as governor.
Cook stated, “I’m deeply humbled by Governor Wilson’s endorsement. He faced some of the toughest challenges as governor and succeeded in meeting them. He’s a true leader and remains one of the best governors in California history. I’m honored to have his endorsement.”