California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox was unexpectedly served a court order during a debate on Tuesday night for an outstanding debt dating back to February 2020, The Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday.
Such juicy drama.
“The agent, Aman Choudhry from Choudhry Investigative Services shouted over Cox as he began to introduce himself to the audience at the Guild Theater in Sacramento, saying the candidate ‘had been served,'” the Bee wrote.
“Cox has been avoiding service and is ordered to appear in San Diego Superior Court regarding this case,” Choudhry told The Sacramento Bee. “He’s been ducking and dodging courts and not showing up. He thinks he’s above the law.”
Cox – a millionaire many times over – is apparently a bit of a deadbeat, owing more than $100,000 “plus a 6% interest rate, to Sandler-Innocenzi, a Virginia-based consulting firm that worked on his 2018 campaign for California governor,” according to the paper.
The owner of the firm, Jim Innocenzi, “was a senior consultant for Cox in 2018 and helped coordinate filming for a television commercial toward the end of the campaign,” the Sacramento Bee explained. “The price tag added up to $55,000, and Innocenzi said he paid the California-based production crew under the assumption that Cox’s campaign would reimburse his firm. Instead, Innocenzi said Cox refused to pay the firm and ‘cut himself a check.'”
Cox “stiffs hardworking families who he said he is going to help and then puts the campaign cash in his own pocket. This man has no regard for the rule of law and he wants to be governor? That’s a joke. He could have paid me in December of 2018 and I’d go away. This is crazy,” said Innocenzi.
Cox is hoping to unseat incumbent Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom – to whom he handily lost the 2018 gubernatorial race – in next month’s recall election.
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