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Swanson: Steve Cooley’s Coded Statements Against Kamala Harris

September 3, 2010
By Sandre Swanson
A week ago at the California Republican Party Convention in San Diego, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said some outrageous things about his opponent in the California Attorney’s Race – San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.
Steve Cooley called Kamala Harris, who is running to be the first African American Attorney General in California’s history, a “radical” and a “tremendous threat to public safety.” If she wins in November, Kamala Harris would be the first African American statewide elected official in California in 31 years.
Steve Cooley went on to say that he “would be very happy to stop her aspirations at an early point in her career. There’s just too much at stake.”
In this year’s political climate, we’re hearing more and more of these kinds of attacks. Pandering to their extremist base, some candidates from the right are stooping to a level of “code” that we haven’t seen in years.
Their agenda is to attack President Barack Obama and try to stop candidates of color in their tracks. All the while, they refuse to repudiate those elements among their supporters, some of them truly dangerous radicals, who carry signs portraying the President of the United States as a monkey, as Hitler, or worse.
Steve Cooley calls Kamala Harris a radical but he doesn’t take issue with her record. As San Francisco’s first African American District Attorney, Harris has been an innovator in law enforcement, creating early intervention programs like her “Back on Track” program that has lowered recidivism among nonviolent offenders from more than 50% to less than 10%. She’s tough as nails when it comes to violent crime,
increasing public safety and raising conviction rates to their highest point in 15 years, including doubling the conviction rate for gun violence.
Harris is working with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute predatory lenders and people who commit mortgage fraud.
And she launched one of the first environmental justice prosecution teams in the country — Steve Cooley shut down L.A.’s environmental unit.
Cooley, the Republican Party nominee for California Attorney General, says if he is elected, he will join Republican Attorneys General from across the Southern United States who have filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the historic health care reform law championed by President Obama and passed by Congress earlier this year. Cooley and the Southern state Republicans claim the new law violates “state’s rights”.
We’ve heard that argument before – for years “states’ rights” was the rallying cry for segregationists attempting to block federal civil rights laws.
Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda) is Chairman of the California Legislative Black Caucus.

The 14th Amendment and Larry King Live (Video)

August 18, 2010
Kamala Harris’ most recent editorial in the Huffington Post highlights the unjust calls to reform the fourteenth amendment which guarantees automatic citizenship of babies born the United States.

On The Road to The General Election…

July 8, 2010

Since winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General last month, Kamala Harris has been endorsed by California Professional Firefighters and District Attorneys up and down the state including:

  • Colusa County District Attorney John Poyner
  • Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos
  • Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero
  • Mendocino County District Attorney Meredith Lintott
  • Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse
  • Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein
  • Plumas County District Attorney Jeff Cunan
  • Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee
  • Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua
  • Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen

She wasted no time exposing her opponent, Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley and his plans to appeal healthcare reform and protect the health insurance industry. View the online video below.

Remember to Vote and Volunteer! California General Election is November 2nd.

We did it! Kamala Harris wins Democratic Nomination!

June 12, 2010

We had some technical issues this week but we are back and so excited!! Tuesday, Harris won the Democratic nomination for California Attorney General!! So excited about the work she plans to do for California, bringing innovative ideas and the perspective needed keep our communities safe!

Electing night was such an exciting night. Click below to see her acceptance speech.

Nomination Acceptance Speech

Election Night

June 8, 2010

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GET OUT AND VOTE!!! Today is Election Day!

June 8, 2010

I am proud to support Kamala Harris in her attempt to make California history.  If elected, Kamala will be California’s first female, African-American, and South Asian Attorney General.  But more than that, she is unquestionably the most qualified candidate in the race.

As District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala has spearheaded innovative efforts to transform our justice system.  Rather than getting hung up on false labels, she is focusing on initiatives that actually work.  Her Back on Track program, for example, has reduced the rate of repeat offenses from 54% to 10% for non-violent, first-time offenders.  She worked with the labor and business communities to create this program, which provides participants with the skills they need to get an education, a job, and to become productive members of society.

Kamala is working to keep our communities safe.  Polls are open from 7AM until 8PM, but be sure to get there as early as you can.  You can find information about your polling location at the Kamala Harris website:

Voting is democracy.  I hope you will join me in supporting Kamala Harris for California Attorney General.

Two weeks and counting!… It’s Decision Time!

May 26, 2010

For the 28% of you who are still undecided, I challenge you to do the research. Not just read the comments on SF Gate, but research positions on the issues, experience, endorsements and future plans as Attorney General.

Obviously this blog is partial to a specific candidate, so I will use this opportunity to tell you that Diane Feinstein said “Over the past seven years as San Francisco’s District Attorney, Kamala Harris has demonstrated a proven track record of innovation and change,” during her recent endorsement.

Below is yesterday’s debate in Santa Monica amongst six of the candidates. All I have to say is someone need to watch Denzel Washington’s, The Great Debaters because who uses their closing statement as an opportunity to talk about another candidate? Mudsling makes you look so desperate! Ad hominem attacks are one of the clearest indicators of a debater who lacks substance.

Click here to view the debate