Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante says he won´t run for governor if a Republican-led campaign to recall fellow Democrat Governor Davis makes it to the ballot.
The move ends weeks of speculation as to whether Bustamante would run. It also is a major boost to Davis who can now claim near-unity among the state´s leading Democratic officeholders in opposing the recall and pledging not to run themselves.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Bill Lockyer and state Treasurer Phil Angelides said they had no intention of running.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, considered the strongest potential Democratic candidate, still has not definitively ruled out a run.
Recall proponents have until September second to collect nearly 900,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.