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Steve Poizner finally backs Meg Whitman

September 7, 2010 | 11:30 am

It's party unity, via press release.

Sure, it took three months, but Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has finally backed fellow Republican Meg Whitman's gubernatorial bid. Poizner released a statement through the state Republican Party Tuesday announcing his support for the entire Republican ticket. And that includes Whitman. "Our ticket is led by successful business women who know that if there is to be a viable public sector, there must be a vibrant private sector. They know that the best, most reliable job is one created by the private sector. They understand that governments, like families and businesses, must live within their means."

Poizner has kept a low profile since losing the gubernatorial primary to Whitman in June. He skipped last month's Republican Party convention in San Diego. He decided to forgo a chance to run for a second term as insurance commissioner to challenge Whitman.

Poizner is the only Republican besides Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to hold statewide elected office.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento