There's a rumor floating around that could have major ramifications for quite a few progressive AAPI candidates. According to the SFGate, Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier could be setting her sights on a run for the State's Attorney General. That's the same position that San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and State Assemblymembers Ted Lieu, Albert Torrico and Pedro Nava have all been campaigning for. Here are the latest rumors:
If Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is actually considering a run for California Attorney General (and if her presence in Sacramento this week, during the State of the Union speech, is any indication, she is), the move could trigger a huge shakeup in upcoming races for SF politicos. And all of those changes would take place soon, as the primary for the AG race is just around the corner, in June.
Here's how it could shake out:
We're hearing that the potential congressional vacancy could prompt Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, to abandon his reelection run this fall -- and by extension, possibly let go his unannounced bid for San Francisco mayor -- to go after the seat.
That could lead Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, to jump over to the November Senate race for Yee's seat.
It doesn't stop there: if that all happens, we wouldn't be surprised to see San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris decide to run for mayor in San Francisco. (An aside: Harris announced this week she raised $1 million during the second half of 2009).
Of course, no one is guaranteed anything -- we're sure a number of other Bay Area politicians would be salivating over Speier's congressional seat, and Harris would face an already-crowded field in the mayoral race.
This is insane. Meanwhile, the Democrats still only have one candidate for Governor, current Attorney General Jerry Brown. Why can't one of these people switch over to that race?