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Tony Krvaric, the Republican Party of San Diego County’s chairman, said today he was disappointed in Mayor Jerry Sanders’ surprise decision to endorse same-sex marriage.

“The Republican Party has made its decision that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman,” he said in an interview this afternoon. “I’m disappointed in the city of San Diego for using their resources on this, contrary to Prop. 22.”

Sanders received a very early endorsement from the party in June, before he or any other mayoral contenders had launched their campaigns into full gear.

While the races for mayor and other elected officials in San Diego are officially nonpartisan, political parties have played a very influential role in getting candidates elected. The city of San Diego has strict limits for the amount an individual or a group of individuals can spend on a candidate, but political parties can spend an unlimited amount of money on communicating with their members.

With Steve Francis, another Republican who opposes same-sex marriage, announcing he’s taking steps toward running for mayor, I asked if the party might reconsider it’s endorsement of marriage.

Krvaric said it was up to the party’s central committee.

“It’s too early to tell,” he said. “I think it may come up at the next committee meeting.”

The party’s Central Committee will meet on Oct. 8, Krvaric said.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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