Formal Rival Makes Endorsement for Governor - NBC Bay Area

Formal Rival Makes Endorsement for Governor



    Formal Rival Makes Endorsement for Governor
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    The candidate Meg Whitman defeated in the Republican gubernatorial primary earlier this year has finally endorsed her.

    State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced his support for the Republican nominee on Tuesday, three months after he lost the primary.

    In a statement released by the California Republican Party, Poizner said he is backing the entire GOP ticket in November. He says it will force government to downsize and stimulate business.

    Poizner did not offer any praise for Whitman, whom he accused of being a "Republican in name only" during their primary contest. The billionaire former eBay chief executive outspent Poizner more than 3-to-1.

    Also Tuesday, Whitman's campaign announced an endorsement from the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, the bargaining unit for 7,000 state government investigators.