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A wrist-slap for Kamala Harris and Steve Cooley

We in California have grown accustomed to our gubernatorial races veering into the gutter of endless umbrage-taking and pointless sideshows. So while it's perfectly understandable for voters to be disappointed that the Meg Whitman-Jerry Brown contest became overshadowed by meaningless late-campaign "scandals," we can't truly say we're surprised.

Not so with the attorney general's race. For two candidates -- San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris and L.A. County D.A. Steve Cooley -- boasting impressive records and independent streaks, you'd expect that the campaign would center on the meaningful discussion of law enforcement that California desperately needs. Both have instead provided a fine imitation of the glib races for governor and U.S. Senate, with Harris having insinuated in one ad that Cooley is sexist (he said a way to guarantee a law's passage is to "name it after a female," an astute observation of California lawmaking, if you ask me), and Cooley getting too much mileage out Harris' refusal to send a San Francisco cop killer to the lethal injection gurney. Harris' most recent cheap shot shows Cooley in a debate vowing to "double dip," or collect his L.A. County pension while earning about $150,000 a year as attorney general.

 Endorsing Cooley over Harris was one of the more difficult choices for the editorial board to make this election cycle -- and not because The Times had its pick of one of two evils. Both would do a fine job as California's top law enforcement official, but they're running their campaigns as if the winner will be determined by which candidate gets in the final dig.
-- Paul Thornton
"Go for it, Steve. You've earned it, there's no question."

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/10/17/3109880/harris-ad-hits-the-mark-on-cooleys.html#ixzz12vzNTzj5
 

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Wade

Cooley lost my vote for sure when he hauled Bruce Lisker back into court. He cares more about his image than doing the right thing. A lot of his deputies think he is a jerk and won't be voting for him either

Dirk

Hmmm, the writer complains that pointing out that Cooley won't mind double dipping is a cheap shot, yet he doesn't explain why. As Cooley himself says in that ad, $150,000 a year is a poor person's salary. The gall of that ***hole.

antonio larrosa

En todas las partes del mundo hay problemas parecidos, escándalos , corrupción y victimas inocentes que siempre son los mismos.
http://www.antoniolarrosa.com

Jerry Fullerton

Hey, Antonio...learn English or get out!

Sandy

HEY JERRY- This is Los Angeles- learn some Spanish!! After all, they were here first...

batteredbypd

NO STEVE COOLEY
http://batteredbypd.wordpress.com

Dan Jeffs

A perfect storm brewing in California

California -- replete with saturation political ads -- is facing a reckoning with what promises to become a social, political and economic perfect storm descending after election day, November 2, 2010. Indeed, our already critically battered, wounded and grossly unprepared state is now suffering from coerced compromise making us vulnerable to voter-assisted suicide.

If the Democrat cabal of Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris and Dave Jones are elected governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and insurance commissioner -- respectively. And Propositions 19, 21, 24,25 and 27 are passed. The perfect storm will surely fall upon us with a vengeance, and most of us -- including those who voted for helping develop the storm -- will not survive the onslaught of damages.

Alas, even if Republican Meg Whitman & Co. are elected -- and our self-defense Propositions 20, 22, 23 and 26 pass -- it is highly unlikely that we can survive the strangleholds of the Democrat-controlled legislature, debt-ridden government, the liberal state news media, the tyranny of extreme environmentalist machines, and the teacher union/unions cartel. Sadly, it doesn't seem to matter that we are saddled with economy and freedom-inhibiting taxes, fees, laws, rules and regulations -- a costly and dismal public miseducation system -- overwhelming entitlement programs, and facing imminent bankruptcy.

It is often said, and how true it is, that as California goes, so goes the nation. In this dilemma, however, California is a runaway train on a dead-end track.

Donn Lobdell

Harris is not the one. Her opposition to capital punishment is but one aspect. Don't forget that she ignored the problems, of which her office and she were well aware, with the San Francisco crime laboratories. In particular the technician who was ripping off the drug evidence to supply her own habit and that of her friends. Harris did not inform the defense attornies of these shortcomings nor did she do anything to get the labs on the straight and narrow. Don't forget her excusing and ignoring illegal immigrants who were criminals; depending as she did on the nullification of the law provided her by the San Francisco self-styled "sanctuary city" force. All that means is shielding of the criminals who should be deported and their continuuing to prey on the citizenry. Harris doesn't have enough respect for the responsibilities of the SF office to take the huge risk of giving her the greater scope of state-wide office.

Puat

Cooley does not represent the will of the people of California.

chach00

The medical marijuana patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) stepped up its campaign this week to oppose Steve Cooley in his bid for California Attorney General. Hoping to convince Californians against voting for Cooley, ASA has launched the website www.NotCooley.com to highlight the ways in which Cooley would be bad, not only for patients and their providers but also for those who are concerned about the environment, equal rights, and criminal justice issues.

Checkout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM4QzC5alNM , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5ydI3ZZpzo , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGPWDgQ7tik .

Enjoy!

Joey

Here's your Kamala in action!

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/09/MNG9JJRI8K1.DTL
"Taking advantage of city and state programs designed to help minority-owned businesses, Ramirez started turning out low-priced, locally produced concrete for projects that included earthquake retrofit work on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. By 2003, his Pacific Cement venture was supplying a third of the concrete used in San Francisco's public works projects. Left behind was a costly and potentially dangerous legacy: tons of substandard concrete built into vital public structures."

"The district attorney's [Kamala] office agreed to drop all fraud charges, accepting a guilty plea on "a single environmental count" and giving Ramirez a gentle slap on the wrist, allowing him to live and work out of his home and continue his deception as long as it's not in San Francisco."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/03/EDU3110JO7.DTL

Roger Harris

I have a friend who was prosecuted by Steve Cooley's office on false charges. My friend's crime? He was named in a will that revoked a prior will in which a friend of Cooley's was named along with his wife as the sole beneficiaries. The friend of Cooley's was a former member of law enforcement and one of his two sons was a deputy sheriff and the other was high up in the Highway Patrol. There never has been such a prosecution in the history of legal jurisprudence. The California Court of Appeal threw out all of the felony charges. This case got zero publicity. It was a shamefully corrupt criminal prosecution to help the DA's friend obtain the inheritance that should have rightfully gone to my friend. I could never vote for this man for any office let alone for the Attorney General of California. I am of no relation to Kamala Harris.

Adrian

Hey Jerry, lose your racist bonehead attitude or get out of "Los Angeles" (that's Spanish, in case that eluded you, xenophobe).

janice Isaacs

STEVE COOLEY IS A NO GOOD PERSON. HE NEEDS TO BE GONE BACK IN THE HOLE THAT HE CAME FROM.

janice Isaacs

STEVE COOLEY IS A NO GOOD PERSON. HE NEEDS TO BE GONE BACK IN THE HOLE THAT HE CAME FROM.

janice Isaacs

STEVE COOLEY AND HIS 'GANG' HAS CONCEALED A POISONING. I HAVE THE EVIDENCE STEVE AND NOW I AM FIGHTING TO HAVE YOU PROSECUTE. I WILL PICKET IN FRONT OF YOUR OFFICE AND DARE TO TOUCH ME.

janice Isaacs

STEVE COOLEY AND HIS 'GANG' HAS CONCEALED A POISONING. I HAVE THE EVIDENCE STEVE AND NOW I AM FIGHTING TO HAVE YOU PROSECUTE. I WILL PICKET IN FRONT OF YOUR OFFICE AND DARE TO TOUCH ME.

janice Isaacs

SANDY, SEND THEM BACK WHERE THE ROACHES COME FROM. ME'HO

janice Isaacs

SANDY, SEND THEM BACK WHERE THE ROACHES COME FROM. ME'HO

janice Isaacs

SANDY, SEND THEM BACK WHERE THE ROACHES COME FROM. ME'HO


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