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With three months remaining before the June primary, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful State Controller Steve Westly toured the South Coast this week, pitching himself as the best option to run against Governor Schwarzenegger next fall. The former eBay exec touted his business savvy and hyped the billions his office saved the state of California by targeting bogus tax shelters. Westly also plugged his activist credentials, recounting his work with the Global Warming Watch Coalition and his effort in support of stem cell research.

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