You’d think that after leaving the school playground, the Governor of Utah would not expect too much grief over his surname. However, Spencer Cox (R) revealed recently that some people still have an issue with it.
He posted a photo to Twitter of a letter he received last week from someone who thought his name “obscene.”
“I do not know if you know this, but when people say your surname it sounds like the word cock. It’s obscene! Us decent people here in Utah will not stand for it,” the letter-writer began.
“Because of your reluctance to change your foul, dirty and obscene surname myself and thousands of other Utahns will be sitting in protest, not standing, until you change your heinous surname to something less offensive.”
They concluded, “This is not a communist dictatorship … We do not accept sick jokes to run rampant in our civil institutions.”
Cox captioned his Tweet: “Really grateful for the criticism and constructive feedback I get from constituents that demand I…
…change my name?”
Really grateful for the criticism and constructive feedback I get from constituents that demand I…
…change my name? 😳🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/RavFip8U4M
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) August 7, 2021
At the time of writing, his tweet has had over 10k likes and over a thousand retweets. Many responded to say that the letter must be a joke, but Cox said members of his staff believed it to be serious.
I thought so. My constituent affairs director (the guy that sees all the letters and phone calls) thinks it’s serious.
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) August 9, 2021
A would-be, independent congressman from California, who shares the same name, said he’d had similar correspondence.
I’ve gotten emails to the same effect.
Would you like me to send you some of my stickers, Mr. Cox? pic.twitter.com/Q4GFMUCx6p
— Steve Cox (@RealSteveCox) August 8, 2021
Others debated a name change.
You clearly don’t know Utah well enough. My guess? this came from Utah County. Richard Cox though, that’s hilarious
— 又 🏳️🌈 ♻️ (@mf_starbrandy) August 9, 2021
Have several friends with the same last name. Would never have given it a thought. Maybe you should get your mind out of the gutter 😳just a thought.
— Sharyl Noble (@Luvlexus) August 7, 2021
One might think that Spencer Cox was new to politics to provoke this sudden ire. However, although elected Governor last year, he served as lieutenant governor since 2013 and was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012.