Promising rumors have been floated recently that Congresswoman Jackie Speier - sick of "dysfunctional Washington" (than what is California???) - has expressed an interest in running for State Attorney General... thereby possibly saving us from "progressive" stall-wart Kamala Harris!
Please God... let it be true!!!
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, confirmed Thursday that she is considering a run for state attorney general.
"I'm weighing where I can do the most for my constituents in California," Speier said at a jobs conference she co-hosted at the San Mateo County Event Center.
Rumors began to swirl this week that Speier was mulling a bid to replace state Attorney General Jerry Brown after a recent poll showed her to be the favorite for the post among possible Democratic candidates, most notably San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Brown is expected to run for governor.
Citing frustrations with the legislative process in Washington, Speier said Thursday morning she is indeed thinking about entering the race.
"All I want to do for the next 10 years of my life is serve the people of California, whether it's in Washington or Sacramento," said Speier, 59.
Speier called the atmosphere on Capitol Hill "dysfunctional," and she expressed particular dissatisfaction with the workings of the Senate, where 60 votes are increasingly needed to pass legislation due to filibuster threats.
"Washington is a very frustrating place," she said. "You can get a great bill that passes the House and it can get bottled up in the Senate."
As for the attorney general race, Speier will have to make a decision soon, spokesman Mike Larsen said. The period for declaring a candidacy opens Feb. 15, according to the California Secretary of State's office. The deadline to file nomination papers is March 12, though the deadline will be extended to March 17 if Brown doesn't run for re-election.
I have said before that the thought of Kamala Harris as Attorney General is a very scary one - criminals don't need friends with "enemies" like Kamala.
Her D.A.'s office in San Francisco has essentially become a second arm of the Public Defender's Office, an institution that cares far more for the well being of criminals than it does for society at large. Such a "progressive" attitude spread across the State would be a criminal's wet dream.
Speier is no prize pig herself, being a moderate (by Bay Area standards) establishment liberal very much in lockstep with the party line. Many have questioned her credentials, noting that she's "just barely" a lawyer and hasn't done anything out of a legislative context.
But, if you ask me, her "not being a lawyer" is a big point in her favor!