Add Pedro Nava to the ever-expanding list of Democrats who want to be attorney general next year. The third-term Santa Barbara assemblyman opened a campaign account Monday.
Nava chairs the Assembly Banking and Financing Committee and has been a player in mortgage-meltdown legislation and, perhaps relatedly, the state’s disaster-preparation efforts. Nava worked as a prosecutor in Fresno and Santa Barbara counties before jumping to civil litigation in 1987, according to his biography.
We scorecard the crowded field, after the jump:
To recap, Nava joins San Francisco DA Kamala Harris, LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, former Contra Costa Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla and current Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance as Democrats who’ve cautiously launched campaigns.
Everyone’s still waiting for current AG Jerry Brown to finally announce that he’s running for governor. Of course Sen. Dianne Feinstein could have something to say about that — and she did, sort of, on Monday.
Very early fund-raising totals are in for the would-be AG candidates, and no one is knocking any of their competitors’ socks off. Canciamilla has more than $300,000 in the bank, but that’s from money he transferred from his old legislative account. Lieu also reports $350,000 thanks to his Assembly officeholder account. Delgadillo and Nava have reported nothing – yet.
Harris reported $117,324 on hand at the end of 2008. In the one month since she’s recorded sizable donations from attorney Elizabeth Cabraser ($6,000); San Francisco writer Robert Anderson ($12,000); JAMS mediator Daniel Weinstein ($5,000); Warner Bros. producer Charles Lorre ($6,000) and a few others. The donors’ connection? They’re FOOs, or Friends of Obama, our informal nickname for those who raised or donated big money for the new president’s campaign. Looks like Harris’ early support of Obama is paying off.
— Cheryl Miller