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I was down at a press conference for the San Diego Police Officer’s Association this morning and a lot of the talk was about who the POA plans to endorse in the upcoming elections for mayor and city attorney.

The POA directors kept pretty tight-lipped, but said they had received completed questionnaires from a number of the candidates for each position. (Unions frequently ask potential endorsees to fill out questionnaires as part of their endorsement process.)

The union representatives said they haven’t received anything from incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre, and that they don’t expect to hear from him.

The POA endorsed Aguirre when he was elected in November 2004. They’ve since fallen out with Aguirre, to put it mildly.

“If he showed up here, at this building, he wouldn’t be welcome,” said Jeff Jordon, one of the POA directors.

Mark Sullivan, another POA director, said the union board will be holding informal discussions with its members over the next few weeks, but wouldn’t commit to a timeline for POA endorsements.

The police union’s endorsement is seen as a valuable feather in any San Diego political candidate’s hat.

WILL CARLESS

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