GARDEN GROVE : Assembly Candidate Wins Foe's Backing

Healing the wounds from a bitter June election, Democratic Assembly candidate Tom Umberg announced Monday that he has received the endorsement of his opponent in the primary, Jerry Yudelson.

The acrimony between the two Democrats who sought to challenge Assemblyman Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) in November became so heated that Yudelson pledged at one point he would never endorse Umberg.

Monday, however, Yudelson joined the ranks, saying: "I wholeheartedly endorse Tom Umberg and plan to give him my full support this November. Tom and I may have had differences during the Democratic primary but that is behind us now."

Yudelson, who had referred to Umberg in his campaign literature as the "yuppie lawyer from Irvine," added: "Tom is a tough campaigner--I am sure he is giving Pringle more than a few sleepless nights."

Umberg also announced the endorsement of Democratic Party Chairman Michael Balmages, who had backed Yudelson in the primary.

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