In an unexpected turn of events last Thursday, prominent local Democrat Brett Wagner distanced himself from efforts to recall 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone, while simultaneously listing endorsements from prominent Democrats for his run against Firestone in 2008. A former congressional candidate for the 24th District, Wagner began publicizing the recall campaign in early March, a matter of days after dropping out of the federal race. Despite having been the chief mover and shaker behind the campaign, Wagner now says that his personal contribution to the effort will not go beyond signing the petition. (Recall campaigners need 7,404 signatures in the next 120 days to secure an election.) Proving that it’s never too early to start political posturing, Wagner boasted that both Democratic governor hopefuls Phil Angelides and Steve Westly, as well as lieutenant governor candidate Jackie Speier, have pledged their support for his 2008 campaign.

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