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D.A. Steve Cooley throws support to Kevin James for L.A. mayor

September 27, 2012 |  8:59 am

 Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Kevin James

In the first major endorsement of his campaign, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James said Thursday he has secured the backing of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

James, a former prosecutor and radio host, has been billing himself as "the only viable outsider" in the race to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the March election.

Cooley is the first high-profile elected official to endorse James' mayoral bid.

"Cooley believes that Kevin James will make an outstanding mayor and that Kevin James is the mayoral candidate best qualified to tackle the many problems confronting the city of Los Angeles," James' campaign said in a statement.

James and Cooley are scheduled to discuss the endorsement Friday on the steps of City Hall.

The announcement comes as James lags behind the three front runners in fundraising. Councilwoman Jan Perry has raised five times as much as James so far, while City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti each have collected 10 times as much, according to reports for the period ending June 30.

Cooley, like James, is a Republican. He is slated to step down from his post at the end of the year after three four-year terms as the county's top prosecutor.

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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: Kevin James speaks during a Los Angeles mayoral candidates' debate in Hollywood on Sept. 19. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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