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Folsom Assembly candidate's pledge could mean backing rival
SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/26/12 | Torey Van Oot

Posted on 03/26/2012 6:44:39 PM PDT by SmithL

Republican Assembly hopeful Andy Pugno kicked off his campaign today with a pledge that could leave him backing his rival over his own candidacy in November.

The Folsom Republican is challenging Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, in the 6th Assembly District. Under the state's new top-two primary rules, voters could send both Republicans to the general election.

But voters in the safe GOP district might be spared a second round of a same-party slug fest if that happens. Pugno said today that he would support whichever Republican gets the most votes in the June 5 primary -- even if he secures the No. 2 spot to advance to the runoff. He said he made the pledge because he believes Republicans "should not be beating up on each other in the general election"

"If I came in behind Beth Gaines, I would honor the expression of Republican voters and endorse her campaign and not actively campaign myself," Pugno said in an interview with The Bee today.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: California; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: ca6ad; cagop; election2012

1 posted on 03/26/2012 6:44:45 PM PDT by SmithL
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