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Bobby Shriver building solid political base in Santa Monica

February 3, 2009 |  3:45 pm

Bobbyshriver His Kennedy connections have always made him Santa Monica's most-watched councilman (plus, he's the governor's brother-in-law). But there have always been questions about how far up Bobby Shriver wants to go in public office. Time will tell. But a new analysis by The Lookout newspaper found that Shriver is building a formidable political base in town:

Shriver extended his voter base across the city, picking up 50 of Santa Monica's 54 precincts in the November race for four City Council seats, according to an analysis of election results by The Lookout. In his first bid for council four years ago, Shriver won 59 of the city's 66 precincts, including 44 usually dominated by Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights candidates. "I'm thrilled that I did better than I did last time," Shriver said. "My little campaign team, we had a goal to do that, and it's thrilling that the people thought enough of the work I'd done to vote for me again."

Photo: Los Angeles Times