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Yesterday’s local political news finds a former mayor stumping for a present day candidate and a congressional hopeful picking up endorsements from firefighters and a liberal advocacy group.

In an e-mail blast sent out by the Carl DeMaio campaign, former mayor-turned-conservative AM talk show host Roger Hedgecock asks supporters to attend a fund-raising reception for the campaign scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.at an as-yet undisclosed location. Hedgecock promises to make an appearance after the conclusion of his radio program, which runs until 6:00.

“This race has received national attention as a result of the reform efforts Carl has put forth. As you know, Carl DeMaio is a fighter for the taxpayers and is the primary author of Comprehensive Pension Reform, an initiative that San Diegans will have the opportunity to vote for on the June ballot. This initiative finally ends the excessive pension payouts City Hall employees have been receiving on our dime,” writes Hedgecock. “City hall labor unions and downtown special interests will do ANYTHING to stop Carl and his reform efforts. Why? They both have a hand in your pocket, and are afraid that Carl will demand they take it out. [emphasis in original text]”

Scott Peters, a former City Councilman and Port District chair, announced endorsements from the San Diego City Fire Fighters union and Progressive San Diego, “a non-profit advocacy group that works ‘to create a more equitable and sustainable society in the San Diego region.’”

“We support Scott because of his steadfast commitment to public safety, and to the brave men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect -- he’s never let us down,” says Frank DeClercq, union Local 145 president in a release from the Peters camp.

Peters is running against fellow Democrat Lori Saldaña and California 50th District incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray in the newly created 52nd District.

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