It’s time for an endorsement wrap-up: Judge Jan Goldsmith snatched up the endorsements of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, a conservative, pro-business group, and Andrew Jones, the president of the Deputy City Attorneys’ Association.

The Lincoln Club had raised more than $138,000 in the first two and a half months of 2008 from business interests, developers and prominent local Republicans. It also donated funds to the Republican Party, which has also endorsed Goldsmith. Both the Lincoln Club and the party are able to raise money outside of the tight restraints of the city’s fundraising limits for individual candidates, which forbid citywide candidates from taking more than $320 from an individual donor. The groups can take unlimited donations and take them from companies and groups rather than just individuals.

And this is what Jones had to say about Goldsmith in a release:

In explaining his endorsement of Judge Goldsmith, Mr. Jones pointed out that he has no personal animosity toward Mr. Aguirre. He believes that Judge Goldsmith’s experience and approach to the office would better serve the people of San Diego and the quality of legal work.

Mr. Jones stated that he wants a thoughtful City Attorney who would not fire lawyers for political reasons. Mr. Jones agrees with Judge Goldsmith’s commitment to running the office as a good law firm, without politics or partisanship.

Also this week, Todd Gloria, candidate in District 3, grabbed the endorsements of the San Diego Democratic Women’s Club and the San Diego County Young Democrats.

And, speaking of endorsements, before he was arrested yesterday, John Hartley had already grabbed the endorsements of the Police Officers Association, the Sierra Club and the tri-endorsement of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council. This isn’t any sort of fringe candidacy.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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