SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — John Cox is gearing up for another race against his former gubernatorial rival, Gavin Newsom, and this time the Republican candidate wants people to “meet the beast” — literally.

Cox’s campaign launched its Meet the Beast Bus Tour Tuesday morning at Miller Regional Park in Sacramento. Cox brought a live bear with him.

Throughout the news conference, Cox attacked Newsom’s handling of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, water management and strain on the power grid.

The live animal matched Cox’s new logo, which features a roaring bear coming out of his last name, a la MGM lion. The businessman and self-proclaimed “political outsider” also changed his social media handles to @BeastJohnCox.

Recently, the effort to recall Governor Newsom reached its threshold of verified signatures, which now total more than 1.6 million.

People will have the option to change their minds and withdraw their signatures, but organizers behind the effort say they are not worried. They expect the recall election to take place this fall.

The second stop on Cox’s bus tour was at The French Laundry restaurant, a controversial spot for current Governor Newsom after photographs showed him dining with roughly a dozen people right before a major spike in California’s COVID-19 numbers.