The LA Weekly has endorsed state Controller Steve Westly in the Democratic primary for Governor of California.
To date, in terms of newspaper endorsements, state Treasurer Phil Angelides has won the endorsements of only the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Virtually every other newspaper endorsement has gone to Westly. The Angelides campaign had expected the endorsement of the LA Weekly, one of the most reliably left-liberal and highly partisan papers in the country.
The paper had previously endorsed, as reported, former Governor and current Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown for state attorney general. Other endorsements include state Senator Jackie Speier for lieutenant governor, state Senator Joe Dunn for state controller, state Senator Debra Bowen for secretary of state, and state Attorney General Bill Lockyer for state treasurer.
The paper declined to endorse U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in her race for re-election, protesting her early stance on the Iraq War and other liberal concerns. And Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, once an early favorite of the paper in his race for governor in the 2003 recall, also went un-endorsed in his unopposed race for the Democratic nomination for state insurance commissioner, though the paper could not bring itself to endorse his moderate Republican opponent, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Poizner. The paper also urges a Yes vote on Proposition 82, controversial movie director Rob Reiner‘s tax-the-rich for universal preschool initiative.