A new voice has entered California politics, with the campaign of a retired California businessman for the Senate seat currently held by Dianne Feinstein, who has served in that body since 1992. Paul Taylor, a Republican, wants to help California businesses become competitive, to enforce the rule of law, and to restore traditional values, as he seeks through politics to serve a higher calling.
A signature issue for Taylor is illegal immigration. He has vowed to end California’s status as a sanctuary state, and a top priority for him is the enforcement of existing immigration law.
San Francisco may be the city with the strongest advocacy in the United States for sanctuary policies. Taylor recently issued a statement saying: “I urge the City and County of San Francisco join the ranks to stand up against the illegal sanctuary state. It is an affront to law-abiding citizens, legal immigrants, and commonsense Californians.”
Taylor has proposed using the E-Verify system, which allows employers to check their records against information in the Social Security database to track illegal immigrants with criminal records.
Much of Taylor’s campaign is focused on bringing companies back to California, and promoting business-friendly operations in the state and local governments.
“I started working for myself when I was 10 years old, going out to spray address numbers on people’s curbs in front of their houses,” Taylor said. “At a dollar a piece, I was making $20 to $25 a day—a lot more than many people with full-time jobs on those days.”
Taylor learned about making an honest dollar at home; his father was a businessman. Taylor had originally started college as a pre-med student, but his family’s influence led Taylor to decide to become an entrepreneur. Taylor successfully founded three companies before his retirement, and the success of his businesses created thousands of jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“There are lots of reasons that companies have left [California]. A lot of them have to do with the fact that there are so many regulations, so much restriction, and so many laws,” Taylor said.
Taylor’s comments about businesses leaving California are substantiated by recent media reports. An article published by the California Business Journal quoted a study that called California a “hostile business environment.” The study was conducted by Joseph Vranich, president of Spectrum Locations Solutions, a consultant firm in Irvine, California.
According to Vranich’s study, California continues to drive thousands of companies out of state. The article also quoted The Wall Street Journal as saying, “California’s problem is that smart people have figured out they can make it better elsewhere.”
“Something I want to do is to reduce the [government] oversight, because we don’t need to be baby-sat,” Taylor said. He believes that politicians should give more trust and freedom to the business world, instead of making too many rules to regulate businesses. He believes that the overly regulated environment is one of the major reasons that California is losing jobs to countries like China and Pakistan.
Taylor also believes that government should provide more opportunities for new towns to be developed for business. Corporations like Apple can put their new offices in the newly developed areas, and cities like Cupertino—the site of Apple’s headquarters—won’t have to suffer through increasingly worse traffic conditions.
Called to Politics
Taylor and his wife, Jenny, are both very devoted Christians. Gary, the pastor of Taylor’s church, appraised Taylor. “He is a solid Christian who loves the Lord. He is a good husband. He is a go-getter, and has accomplished a lot of things in his life on a huge scale,” Gary said. “He is not afraid of challenges. He really believes that God has a plan for him, and God has used him so much in his whole life, and God has called him for politics this time.”
Taylor is involved in his church’s men’s ministries, and his wife has been in charge of the publication of an eight-page monthly magazine called Faith Life for many years.
In a letter Taylor wrote to President Donald Trump, Taylor recounted how he got into politics. “At the age of 8, I received a hint from God: Someday I would be involved in politics,” he wrote.
When Taylor turned 60, he was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. “That day, I calmly knelt down in front of God and prayed, ‘You told me I would be involved in politics, and I am still waiting for that opportunity. If you are to use me in politics, please heal me.’” Taylor’s prayer was answered, and his cancer was miraculously healed, he said.
In his letter to Trump, he wrote: “For several decades, our nation under God has suffered grave spiritual, moral, and economic attack from both internal Progressives and external Communists—led by Red Chinese. The State of California, specifically in San Francisco, has become the nation’s base camp for Communists. Mega-donor, left-wing billionaires and loyalists from Red China collude with local politicians.
“Meanwhile, Hollywood media, cast in a supporting role, poison our world with agenda-laden entertainment and vitriol.”
Taylor also wrote, “It is time to push back hard against the godless, Cultural Marxists infecting our State,” and vowed to “restore traditional values in California.”
San Francisco and California are well known for their support for progressive politicians. With his candidacy for the Senate, Taylor is looking to give California the opportunity to embrace a return to a more conservative approach.