Bill Clinton adds his name to Janice Hahn’s endorsement list for Congress

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Former President Clinton on Monday added his name to the long list of Democratic leaders who are backing Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in a July 12 special election to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice).

Hahn is heavily favored to win the largely coastal South Bay congressional seat, as Democrats hold a nearly 18-point registration edge over Republicans. But she’s clearly taking no chances after Republican businessman Craig Huey surprised observers by winning one of the two runoff slots last month. She’s been rolling out a steady stream of endorsement announcements from Democratic leaders, women’s groups and environmentalists. And she even got a shout-out from First Lady Michelle Obama at a Pasadena fundraiser Monday.


Clinton, who also sent a fundraising appeal to Hahn supporters, said she ‘has proven herself to be a champion for creating jobs, cleaning our environment, protecting a woman’s right to choose and expanding access to healthcare.’

He also took a swipe at Huey, saying 36th Congressional District voters have a choice between pursuing ‘a path of right-wing extremism or one of compromise and common-sense solutions.’

Huey, a publisher of voter guides for evangelical Christians and others, has not strayed from his ‘cut government spending, grow jobs’ central message, while the Hahn campaign has taken pains to point out his anti-abortion, anti-gay-marriage views.

Huey’s endorsements include Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay), Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, along with area businesspeople.

-- Jean Merl and Kate Linthicum