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John McCain, Pete Wilson back Kuykendall for Congress

March 20, 2012 | 11:31 am

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Gov. Pete Wilson are heading an honorary host committee for former Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall.  He is one of several candidates running for the 47th Congressional District in Long Beach and Orange CountySen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former California Gov. Pete Wilson are headlining an "honorary host committee" at a campaign open house for former Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall, who is seeking to return to Congress this year from a newly drawn Long Beach district.

Kuykendall, a GOP moderate who served one term in Congress before losing the seat to Democrat Jane Harman in 2000, also has lined up former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and 10 other current or past elected officials for his open house committee. 

The open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4132 Katella Ave., suite 206, in Los Alamitos, followed by a precinct walk.

Other Republicans running in the 47th Congressional District are Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong and conservative activist Steve Foley of Orange County.  Democrats are state Sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, physician Jay Shah, community volunteer Usha Shah and Peter Mathews, a college professor and perennial candidate.

Democrats hold a 42%-32% registration edge over Republicans in the district.

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-- Jean Merl

Photo: Sen. John McCain. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

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