The California Republican Assembly--the state's largest volunteer political organization--has endorsed Simi Valley Mayor Elton Gallegly in the 21st Congressional District GOP primary.
Gallegly and Tony Hope, the attorney son of entertainer Bob Hope, are two of those competing for the Republican nomination in the June 3 contest. The congressional seat is now held by Rep. Bobbi Fiedler (R-Northridge), who is running for the Senate.
Gallegly, who is a member of the CRA, called the endorsement "very important."
"This was our first one-on-one with Mr. Hope," he said.
Local CRA delegates met with Gallegly and Hope over the weekend before endorsing Gallegly on a 13-1 vote. The local endorsement is automatically considered a statewide endorsement.
The group's endorsement of Gallegly may help him overcome the advantage of the better-financed Hope.
The endorsement came shortly after a third GOP contender won a court battle for a spot on the ballot. Tom La Porte, 38, a Thousand Oaks stockbroker, was granted the right Friday to enter the race by a judge who ruled that La Porte had missed the filing deadline because of erroneous information provided him by the county clerk's office.