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New state GOP leader contributed to Greuel campaign

March 3, 2013 |  4:53 pm

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A campaign committee controlled by the newly elected chairman of the state Republican Party donated $1,300 to Democrat Wendy Greuel’s Los Angeles mayoral bid.

Jim Brulte, who was elected chairman Sunday at the party convention in Sacramento, said he made the donation before he realized Kevin James was a viable Republican candidate.

“That was before I thought Kevin James had a great shot,” he said of the September donation. “At the end of the day, look at what the Democrats have done to that city. And I think Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, who are good people, would be more of the same. Sometimes you have to find the least objectionable alternative.”

But since James has increased his viability, Brulte said he had endorsed the former radio host, contributed to his campaign and helped him raise money.

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Photo: Jim Brulte talks with delegates at the California Republican Party convention. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press

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