I was mortified when Brown was actually elected to the office of California Attorney General in 2006, and I will be equally mortified if he is actually elected back into office as California's governor, which is looking more and more like a certainty what with the Republican infighting between Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.
Meanwhile, with Brown looking to vacate his current position, the California Attorney General's race is wide open. Last summer, there looked to be two front runners: San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris on the Democrat side, and California State Senator Tom Harman on the Republican ticket. The situation became more uncertain for the Republicans with the February 1st entrance of John Eastman, who just resigned as Dean of Chapman University Law School so he can run for California AG.
On June 4th of last year, Senator Harman posted a column entitled Why I am running for Attorney General on John Fleischman's Flash Report, a blog that covers California politics. In his column, Senator Harman emphasized his support for the death penalty, and also his willingness to support the will of the people of California by fighting lawsuits seeking to overturn Prop 8, which is a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage in the state of California as being only between one man and one woman.
On February 1st of this year, Mr. Eastman posted a column on Flash Report entitled... Why I am running for Attorney General. Wow, same title. In his column, Mr. Eastman emphasized his support for... the death penalty, and also his willingness... to support the will of the people of California by fighting lawsuits seeking to overturn Prop 8.
I can appreciate that Mr. Eastman is most likely sincere in his belief that these issues should be something worth addressing in his campaign, but I must say that it seems a bit disingenuous of him to allow Senator Harman to put himself out there and plow the road eight months in advance, and then swoop in to attempt to hijack these issues that Senator Harman, early on, made the focus of his campaign.
The wording of Mr. Eastman's column (save the title) may not quite smack of plagiarism, but the use of the exact same venue to announce his candidacy (the Flash Report), and the similarity of the major issues addressed by Mr. Eastman to the issues raised by Senator Harman back in June of 2009 is a different matter.
Mr. Eastman, I suggest that if you are going to run your own campaign, you should plow your own road to the AG's office.
Good Day to You, Sir