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U-T San Diego: Irwin Jacobs endorses DeMaio

SAN DIEGO -- One of San Diego’s most influential Democrats — Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs — has endorsed Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio for mayor, according to the DeMaio campaign.

DeMaio, who is running against Democratic Rep. Bob Filner in the Nov. 6 election, has repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he is building a broad-based coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents that support his candidacy. Up until now, he hasn’t had a high-profile Democrat in the fold to back up that campaign theme.

Jacobs fills that need. The local philanthropist has given to many causes through the years and hasn’t been shy about spending big on behalf of Democrats. For example, he gave $20,000 to Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial bid in 2010 and $25,000 to Barack Obama for his 2008 presidential run.

“I am pleased to support Carl DeMaio to be San Diego’s next mayor,” Jacobs said in a statement provided by the campaign. “He has impressed me with his intelligence and his command of the issues facing our city and its neighborhoods. His thoughtful innovations will attract businesses, create jobs and improve our cultural life. Carl will be a worthy successor to Mayor Jerry Sanders.”

Read the full story in U-T San Diego HERE.

As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio. Their relationship in no way impacts the editorial decisions made by Ken Williams, SDGLN Editor in Chief, and does not influence our political coverage. Williams can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter or at (877) 727-5446, x713.