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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca endorses Jerry Brown for governor

October 6, 2010 |  5:15 pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca weighed in on the governor’s race Wednesday, endorsing Democratic candidate Jerry Brown.

Baca, a registered Republican, cited Brown’s record on public safety in an announcement released on Brown’s campaign website.

"Jerry Brown has championed the rights of crime victims, toughened criminal penalties and developed innovative crime-fighting technologies,” Baca said in the statement. “Jerry Brown has always stood with me and my deputies and I am proud to stand with him in his campaign for governor.”

Wednesday’s endorsement wasn’t the sheriff’s first foray into election season politics. Baca has come out strong against Proposition 19, a state ballot measure that would legalize marijuana use in California, joining forces with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to defeat the measure.

Baca, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, could not be reached for comment.

-- Robert Faturechi