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San Luis Obispo Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, a former Assembly minority leader, has withdrawn his endorsement of Steve Poizner and given it to Meg Whitman in the race for governor.

Blakeslee said his support of Whitman is based on his belief that “she possesses the temperament and leadership experience necessary to lead the state through difficult times.”

“Her experience creating jobs, running large organizations and managing complex budgets will make her a successful governor,” according to Blakeslee’s announcement.

Blakeslee also suggested that Poizner should support Whitman.

“As the former Assembly Republican leader, I understand the importance of a unified team if we are going to win,” he wrote. “A bloody primary battle is not in the best interest of our party.”

Blakeslee cannot run again this year for the Assembly because of term limits. He has been amassing money for a run at a higher office, and many believe he will run for state Sen. Abel Maldonado’s seat should Maldonado become lieutenant governor.

— Bob Cuddy

Pismo Beach

Fourth District Supervisor candidate Mike Zimmerman will meet the public at a gathering of the Santa Lucia Republican Women, at 11:30 a.m.

Monday at Mission Inn of Pismo Beach.

The candidate will “share his concerns for the community and what motivated him to run for District 4 supervisor,” according to an announcement from the campaign.

Those who attend the public event can ask questions. To attend, RSVP by calling 458-9610 or e-mailing mike@dz-law.net.

Zimmerman is running against Arroyo Grande City Councilman Jim Guthrie and Lucia Mar school board member and county parks Commissioner Paul Teixeira.

One of them will replace Katcho Achadjian, who is finishing his third term and is running for state Assembly.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The man known as “Bush’s brain” will be coming to San Luis Obispo in late March for a general reception followed by a $1,500 to $2,500 dollar per couple “VIP Dinner” at the Madonna Inn.

Karl Rove, the former adviser to President George W. Bush, will be in town March 27 to “give his insight, analysis and commentary on the upcoming election and national political trends, according to the county Republican Party Web site.

Rove also will be distributing his new book, “Courage and Consequence,” recounting his life in politics and service with Bush.

Rove will be at the 7 p.m. VIP dinner and the 5 p.m. general reception, which costs $100 a ticket.

The $1,500 VIP dinner includes a signed copy of “Courage and Consequence” and a photo with Rove. The $2,500 per couple dinner includes a seat at Rove’s table along with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), as well as a signed copy of “Courage and Consequence” and a photo with Rove.

To reserve a seat, call 541-4010 or e-mail exec.director@rpslo.org. Reservations must be made by March 22.

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

Julian Crocker has announced he will seek a fourth term as superintendent of the county Office of Education.

Crocker has served three four-year terms in the post. Before being elected in 1998, Crocker had been superintendent of schools in Paso Robles, San Mateo and Palo Alto.

— Amy Dempsey

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