Kamala Harris Wins CA Attorney General Race

LA District Attorney Steve Cooley has conceded the California Attorney General's race to San Francisco DA Kamala Harris.

The decision means that San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris will assume the post of California's top law enforcement official, giving Democrats a clean sweep of the statewide offices.

This is good news for medical marijuana patients in California. Harris' position:

As the chief law enforcement official of this great city, it is my duty to protect the most vulnerable among us from harm. That includes those who are sick and seek care through medicinal marijuana. I pledge to continue this important work.

Harris is far more progressive and smarter about crime than Cooley. This is good news for California.

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    Clean Sweep for Dems in California (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by MKS on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 03:01:46 PM EST
    The Democrats hold every single statewide office, which includes Lt. Governor--now held by Gavin Newsom, who will be Kamala Harris's future competition for Governor down the road--and also Treasurer, Ins. Commissioner, Controller and Secretary of State--all Democrats now--for the first time.

    The Democrats did not lose a single House seat here.  Aside from two close races the Democrats won, the next three closest races were won by Republicans, meaning that during a Democratic year--watch out.  Most Democrats won by 20 points or more.  Pelosi won by 60.

    The Democrats increased their substantial majorities in the state legislature.

    There is no GOP in California.  There is no GOP bench of potential contenders here.  

    And what's left of the California GOP, idiots that they are, will inevitably send up more pro-life candidates next time, and are itching to put another anti-Latino initiative on the 2012 ballot.  Fools.....

    Re:Cooley (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Harry Saxon on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:43:04 PM EST
    His loss reflects a greater problem for the GOP statewide, from www.latimes(dot)com:

    I wouldn't be belaboring the obvious about the party's sorry shape except for a news release that caught my eye from veteran Republican consultant Kevin Spillane. He was senior strategist for Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's campaign for attorney general.

    Cooley was the biggest Republican vote-getter in California, which isn't saying much. At last count he was narrowly trailing Democratic San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris by half a percentage point in their seesaw battle.

    Most surprisingly, Cooley was beaten badly -- by 14 points -- in his home county, where he had won three district attorney races by landslides.

    Why couldn't Cooley carry L.A.? Spillane points out that local races, unlike state contests, are nonpartisan. Local candidates don't list party affiliations.

    "Cooley has been elected and reelected D.A. as an individual," Spillane wrote. "The moment the word 'Republican' appeared on the ballot next to [his] name in heavily Democratic Los Angeles County, it was a huge anchor that dragged him down, exacerbated by the collapse of the GOP ticket in the final week of the campaign."

    GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman wound up getting trounced by Democratic Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown.

    It was the GOP as Republican "anchor" that raised my eyebrows.

    Spillane added that the election results validated an October poll by the Public Policy Institute of California that found "Republican" to be a bad brand name in this left-leaning state.

    The voters' impressions of the Republican Party were 2 to 1 negative: 31% favorable, 62% unfavorable. Even among registered Republicans -- less than a third of the electorate -- only 55% had a favorable impression of the GOP; 39% looked on it unfavorably.

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    That's funny (none / 0) (#7)
    by nycstray on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:00:33 PM EST
    re: Cooley's District.

    Be interesting to see how the GOP runs here in 2012.


    Good news also for Prop. 8 litigation (none / 0) (#1)
    by magster on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 02:04:47 PM EST

    We can certainly add this news (none / 0) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 02:09:23 PM EST
    to our list of Thanksgiving blessings.

    Cooley is a fool. (none / 0) (#4)
    by mexboy on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:32:20 PM EST
    When I saw Steve Cooley's ad proclaiming Kamala Harris was against the death penalty, I decided she was my girl!

    The Repubs in this state (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by nycstray on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:56:12 PM EST
    are interesting. It's like they live in their own little GOP bubble word and really don't get the state as a whole.