Late Saturday, the California Democratic Party endorsed state Treasurer Phil Angelides as their candidate for governor in the hotly contested primary election between Angelides and Steve Westly. Democrats across the state are looking to oust Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The convention vote marks the first time the state party has formally backed a candidate in a contested gubernatorial primary since 1990.
The California Democratic Party overwhelmingly endorsed Phil Angelides for Governor with 67 percent of the vote from Democratic delegates at the party’s annual convention.
“I am truly honored to be the choice of California’s Democrats,” said Angelides. “In this election, today’s vote is the first game of the playoffs, and I’m proud to have won a resounding victory. Together, we will win in June, defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger in November and put California back on the march again.”
“Once again, after taking a close look at the two Democratic candidates for Governor, California Democrats made a clear choice,” said Angelides’ campaign manager Cathy Calfo. “Just like California’s teachers, firefighters, police officers and its two Democratic U.S. Senators, California Democrats overwhelmingly decided that Phil Angelides is the one candidate that they can count on to stand up for our schools, colleges teachers, children and California’s working families,” Calfo added. “Over the next several weeks, just like the Democratic Party delegates, California voters will become familiar with both candidates’ records and visions and come to the same conclusion – Phil Angelides is the candidate we can count on to do what’s right.”