The race for California insurance commissioner has taken some unusual twists, the most notable of which has been the endorsement of the GOP candidate by insurance reformer Harvey Rosenfield.

The race to fill the post being vacated by Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, who is running for lieutenant governor, pits Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante against Republican entrepreneur Steve Poizner.

Mr. Bustamante first gained national attention for becoming the first Latino speaker of the California Assembly and later for his unsuccessful run for governor against Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003′s special election following the recall of Gray Davis. He retained his lieutenant governor's post after that contest.

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