GOP big guns back newcomer
Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Created: 08/29/2010 09:53:49 PM PDT

In June, a few hundred votes separated them. Now Tim Donnelly and Chris Lancaster are fighting on the same team.

Donnelly, a self-described grass-roots Tea Party Republican and former Minuteman, narrowly beat Lancaster in the Republican primary for the 59th Assembly District, which stretches between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

On Friday, Lancaster, a veteran politician, threw a fundraiser for Donnelly to introduce his supporters to the GOP’s winning candidate, a political newcomer and Twin Peaks businessman.

“There are a lot of people down here who don’t know him, so I wanted to introduce him to this side of the hill,” Lancaster said. “If you look at us on paper, as far as what we believe in, we are very similar. We share the same values.”

Although Donnelly said he won the primary because voters were looking for a leader from outside the system, he embraced the support from inside the party.

“That being said, I am not a darling of any lobbyist. I speak my mind,” he said. “I really don’t care who I offend, in terms of fighting for what is right – getting insane regulations out of the way of business, returning to a path of growth, scaling back our spending drastically.”

Among former Lancaster supporters now convinced to shift their support to Donnelly was Sen. Bob Huff, R-Walnut.

“It’s important for Republicans to get behind the standard bearer,” Huff said.

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