John McDonald endorsed erstwhile Republican rival Ricky Gill’s run against incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney today, according to the Gill campaign.
In the lead up to the primary, Gill focused on McNerney while McDonald attacked Gill. It looks like they made nice.
Here’s the release sent out by the Gill campaign today:
GILL EARNS ENDORSEMENT OF PRIMARY OPPONENT JOHN MCDONALD
LODI, CA, June 13, 2012 – Congressional candidate Ricky Gill announced today that he has earned the endorsement of Republican primary opponent John McDonald, who called Gill “the best candidate to represent the 9th District in Congress.”
McDonald, a high technology executive and resident of Mountain House, made the following statement on his endorsement:
“We had our differences in the primary, but I believe Ricky Gill is the best candidate to represent the 9th District in Congress. It is critical that we send a conservative voice to Washington to address the fundamental challenges we face, from our out-of-control regulatory regime to our growing national debt. Now is the time for conservatives to stick together and work hard to ensure victory in November. That’s why I am endorsing Ricky for U.S. Congress and offering my support to his general election campaign.”
Gill earned 39 percent of the vote in the June 5th open primary election to advance to a November runoff against incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney. Together, Gill and McDonald earned 51.4 percent of the primary vote to McNerney’s 48.6 percent, according to current vote totals.
“I’m honored to have earned John McDonald’s endorsement,” said Gill. “John and I agree that, in this critical election year, we must stand together to defeat Jerry McNerney and make a fresh start in Washington. I look forward to working with John and all conservatives in the 9th District to mount a strong general election campaign centered on jobs, education, and common-sense government.”