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A week after losing his senior campaign advisor, Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial hopeful John Garamendi has a new "messaging and communications consultant."

The Garamendi for Governor 2010 has turned a veteran liberal talk show host, Peter B. Collins, who most recently was the voice of the Peter B. Collins Show on KRXA 540-AM in Monterey. Collins, 55, who started in radio in Chicago in the 1970s, went on to host Bay Area talk programs on ABC-owned KGO-AM and CBS-owned KRQR.

Collins has served as board president of the Freedom Foundation, a non-profit group that provides legal assistance to inmates and investigates suspected wrongful convictions. He has worked on political campaigns for Nancy Pelosi, Pete McCloskey and the American Nurses Association.

Collins joins the Garamendi team a week after top campaign advisor Jude Barry quit to pursue other interests.



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