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In Fresno A Republican Endorses A Democrat

Sep 26, 2014

Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

An unusual partnership bridging across political party lines was made Friday in front of Fresno’s City Hall. 

Fresno Mayor and candidate for California Controller Ashley Swearengin is a republican. But today she endorsed democrat Fresno City Councilman Blong Xiong who is running for Fresno County Supervisor, District 1.

SWEARENGIN: “I have to say he took a fair amount of political flak from people in his base about asking for my support and receiving my support.”

Xiong also announced his support for Swearengin.

XIONG: “We’ve been on opposite sides, but I think the thing that we have gotten from each other is a tremendous amount of respect, hard work to make sure we do our best to represent this city and that’s why endorsed her.”

But despite their endorsements, both their immediate political fates will rely on the polls come November.