Mike Gatto

California's new attorney general doesn't have to be a woman, but it wouldn't hurt

California's new attorney general doesn't have to be a woman, but it wouldn't hurt

With California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris moving to the U.S. Senate in January, it will be Gov. Jerry Brown’s job to nominate a replacement to serve the remaining two years of her term, and the Legislature’s to decide whether to confirm the nominee. It’s rare that a governor gets such a big appointment, and no doubt the selection weighs heavily on his mind.

But that is probably not for a lack of capable, experienced candidates. The number of potential appointees being bruited about in state political circles is considerable. And it’s heartening that the prospects are more or less equally divided between men and women — all of...

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