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A shortlist of contenders for California’s next attorney general

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 11:  California Attorney General Kamala Harris (L) looks on as California Governor Jerry Brown (R) speaks to reporters after signing the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (AB 278 and SB 900) on July 11, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Homeowners Bill of Rights that establishes landmark protection rules for mortgage loan borrowers. The laws go into effect on January 1, 2013.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris (L) looks on as California Governor Jerry Brown (R) speaks to reporters after signing the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.

Gov. Jerry Brown may be picking California’s next attorney general.

Gov. Jerry Brown may be picking California’s next attorney general.

Kamala Harris would leave California’s attorney general position open if she wins the U.S. Senate race, giving Brown the go-ahead to name the new state AG. The last time the position was left vacant before a California attorney general’s term ended was 1964. Brown’s pick for the potential vacancy would take on the position for the next two years.

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s name has come up as a possible contender. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón may also fit the bill. Could L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey and Alameda County D.A. Nancy O’Malley meet the criteria? Larry speaks to legal affairs reporter Bob Egelko about names that could surface on Brown’s shortlist for California’s AG.

Guest:

Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle; he wrote the recent article, “If Harris wins Senate seat, Brown gets important appointment”; he tweets at

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