Nehring, 44, of El Cajon, unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor last year against incumbent Democrat Gavin Newsom. He was the state GOP’s chairman from 2007 to 2011, leading a robust fundraising program to pull the party out of debt; he also chaired the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s committee during those years. Earlier, he chaired the Republican Party of San Diego from 2001 to 2007.
Cruz “is an exciting, Reaganite candidate for president who has demonstrated the courage needed to get the country on track,” Nehring said Monday morning, noting California’s relatively high poverty and unemployment rates “and a middle class squeezed between sky high taxes and a high cost of living.”
“To help Californians regain lost ground, we need a President who will set a new course for the nation that will re-ignite our economy by expanding economic freedoms and opportunity. Ted Cruz has proven he has the courage, skill, principles and experience to make it happen and I’m proud to join his team,” he said. “Our job in California is clear: to build the volunteer army and donor support to win the California primary in June when we’ll elect the largest delegation to the national convention in Cleveland and prepare the battlefield for the general election.”
Cruz, the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, also Monday named former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis to chair his campaign in that state. Cruz, 44, in late March became the first major Republican to declare candidacy for 2016’s presidential race – since then, he has been joined by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“I am excited to add two incredibly experienced, courageous conservatives to our team,” Cruz said in a news release. “Saul has a strong record of leadership, success, and exemplary management in Michigan. Ron has had the courage to believe the GOP can win in California and has a record to prove it in San Diego. With their guidance, our campaign is going to perform exceptionally well in both Michigan and California.”