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Republican congressional candidate Mike Webb scores DA Steve Cooley's backing

February 23, 2011 |  2:23 pm

Redondo Beach City Atty. Mike Webb, whose Republican affiliation makes him an underdog in the upcoming race to replace Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) on Wednesday scored a big endorsement: from Los Angeles County District Atty. Steve Cooley.

Webb is a career prosecutor who said he and Cooley, also a Republican, "have worked closely together over the years on issues relating to public safety and homeland security."

Harman isn't expected to resign until Monday, so the governor can't yet call a special election to replace her in the strongly Democratic, largely coastal 36th Congressional District. But several candidates already are off and running, including perceived frontrunners Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn, both Democrats.

--Jean Merl