Ellen M Corbett

If Kamala Harris wins the U.S. Senate race, the governor has a rare chance to pick a new attorney general

If Kamala Harris wins the U.S. Senate race, the governor has a rare chance to pick a new attorney general

For Californians who have had enough political intrigue this year, there might not be much of a respite even after Nov. 8 if Kamala Harris wins the race for the U.S. Senate, as most polling suggests.

Harris’ current post as California attorney general would become vacant, leaving open one of the state’s most powerful and influential positions for Gov. Jerry Brown to fill through the end of her term in 2018.

Brown could jump-start the 2018 campaign by giving his selection a head start to run as an incumbent. Or he could choose someone to serve as a caretaker until voters have the chance to weigh in on a successor.

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