Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury has told law enforcement officials in Los Angeles that he would consider accepting appointment as Los Angeles district attorney next year if the job is offered to him.
Bradbury says he was asked by supporters in Los Angeles a few months ago if he would be interested in competing for the job if Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner succeeds in his bid for election as state attorney general next year.
"I told them I intend to run for reelection here in Ventura County, but I am certainly willing to keep an open mind," Bradbury told The Times. "It's a very iffy situation, however. It's highly unlikely they would be looking for somebody from outside Los Angeles County."
Bradbury, a Republican widely viewed as one of the toughest district attorneys in the state, stressed that he "definitely will run" for reelection in Ventura County next year.
But he noted during an interview that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be selecting a successor to Reiner if the Los Angeles Democrat wins state office in 1990.
He said he was approached by members of the Los Angeles district attorney's office and others in Los Angeles law enforcement over the summer, but declined to identify those who asked him to consider the Los Angeles job.
"I think there's a desire by many in Los Angeles to have a professional running the D.A.'s office," Bradbury said. "The appeal to anyone would be to hopefully influence things on a broad scale. It's a good office. But I think it could be better with the right leadership.
"I would have to consider it if asked by the board to consider it, but I just don't think that's the real world," Bradbury added. "Nobody on the Board of Supervisors has talked to me, and there may never even be an opening."
Bradbury, 47, who has served three terms as Ventura County's chief prosecutor, was also among those mentioned for an interim appointment as Los Angeles district attorney in 1982 when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors picked Robert Philibosian to succeed John Van de Kamp. Philibosian was defeated by Reiner two years later.
While Los Angeles political sources did not rule out the long- shot chance that Bradbury might be considered as a successor to Reiner, one source close to the Board of Supervisors said it is much more likely that the board would give preference to a candidate from Los Angeles County.
About a half-dozen Los Angeles attorneys, prosecutors and judges are known to be interested in Reiner's job. One potentially strong contender is U.S. District Judge Robert C. Bonner, former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, who expressed interest in the job before his appointment to the federal bench earlier this year.
While disclosing that he has been approached about the Los Angeles district attorney's job--the subject of rumors in Ventura County judicial circles for months--Bradbury also said that he has definitely ruled out a run for the California attorney general's office next year.
"Several people in the Republican Party talked to me about running for attorney general several months ago," he said. "I gave it some consideration, but decided the chances are not great of a Republican getting elected this time around."