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Whoa! What’s this? District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is endorsing Bill Gentry in the race for city attorney. First of all, I guess we can stop calling Gentry a potential candidate.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis: Who says I won’t endorse?

But I can’t be the only one who remembers Dumanis’ declaration in February that she wouldn’t endorse candidates for public office.

She made the announcement at the same time she announced the formation of the Public Integrity Unit.

Here’s that press release she sent out:

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis today announced the formation of a Public Integrity Unit to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct among elected officials, candidates for office and campaign officials in San Diego County. For the first time, the DA’s Office is using the Criminal Grand Jury as an investigative tool to look into charges of corruption, becoming one of the first counties in California to do so.

DA Dumanis also announced today that she will no longer personally endorse political candidates, except in unusual circumstances. “I will not allow our office to be used as a pawn during political campaigns,” Dumanis said.

Apparently, this is one of those unusual circumstances where the office can, indeed, be used as a political pawn.

Hat tip to our Café San Diego host today, Charles La Bella. It’s not often that we break news in the Café.

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