More good election news fro California. We elected a great Attorney General and kicked to the curb a far right extremist who was Karl Rove's major dude.
More than three weeks after he declared victory in the race for state attorney general, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley conceded defeat Wednesday as he trailed by more than 50,000 votes in one of the closest statewide races in California history.
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.
Uncertainty had swirled around the election result since shortly after the votes began to be counted on Nov. 2. Cooley claimed victory on election night, only to discover the next morning that he was behind. As county registrars scrambled to count more than 2 million ballots left uncounted after election day, the lead bounced back and forth, but Harris has held an advantage for more than a week.
She should be outstanding.
Karl Rove and another one of his shady groups tried to buy Cooley the election, but ultimately failed in their quest.
The race for California's Attorney General is getting dirty. Unusual national interest is suddenly coming to California's election from a group in Alexandria, VA called The Republican State Leadership Committee, a group cofounded by Karl Rove. This committee just put 1.1 million to fund attack ads against Harris now showing in Los Angeles.
To put the size of this last-minute effort in context, consider that Harris has spent about $3 million for her entire campaign - which she raised within the legal limit of $6,500 per donation, with the identity of each contributor a matter of public record.
The Daily beast wrote an interesting profile on Kamala. She's not a DLC/Third Way ConservaDem.
But maybe the most interesting woman to watch is Kamala Devi Harris, the district attorney for San Francisco, whose Democratic primary win puts her on course to become the first African-American and Asian-American woman elected attorney general in California. Born to one of the first black economics professors at Stanford University and an Indian physician at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in parts of America, she has already made history. Now, Harris’ challenge is to break through one of the last glass ceilings in California