LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A plea for last-minute campaign donations from Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James has prompted a rebuke from one Los Angeles County official.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports the email was apparently sent less than one day before voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new Mayor of Los Angeles.

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Supervisor Mike Antonovich issued a response to what his office characterized as an “unauthorized release via email using my name to support his campaign”, adding, “The letter contains comments I have never said in support of his campaign.”

The referenced email criticized one of James’ opponents, City Controller Wendy Greuel, for political support she has received from the Department of Water & Power employees union.

Antonovich said he was “outraged” by the email and that he “would have never sent a letter using such negative rhetoric.”

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A spokesman for Antonovich said the James campaign made no mention of sending any release using the Supervisor’s name before it went out, Peschiutta reported.

James campaign manager Jeff Corless said the wrong version of the email was sent out and it was an “inadvertent” error.

“We contacted the Supervisor’s office and apologized for the error,” Corless said.

In his response, however, Antonovich did signal his support for either James or City Councilmember Jan Perry for mayor.

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Click here (PDF) to read the full text of the letter from Supervisor Mike Antonovich.