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martingarrick.jpgMartin Garrick is expected to be named Assembly Republican leader today in a closed-door caucus meeting at 11 a.m.

Garrick, of Solana Beach, would replace Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, who will be forced out of the Legislature by term limits.

Assemblywoman Connie Conway of Tulare, a rival for the leadership post, is expected to be a top lieutenant for Garrick as caucus chairwoman.

Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, confirmed off-the-record comments by other legislators this morning that Garrick had secured majority support of the 28-member GOP caucus to succeed Blakeslee.

"I worked very hard to get Martin a victory," Gaines said. "I'm pretty confident the votes are there, and that Martin will be our leader and Connie will be our caucus chair."

PHOTO: Garrick's Facebook page.



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