Former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley Endorses Eric Early for California Attorney General

May 3, 2018
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Former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley Endorses Eric Early for California Attorney General

LOS ANGELES, CA – Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has endorsed Eric Early for state Attorney General, the Early campaign has announced, in one of the most significant endorsements to date in the contest for California’s top law enforcement official.

Cooley served with distinction as L.A. County’s District Attorney for 12 years. He defeated incumbent D.A. Gil Garcetti in 2000, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2004 and 2008. In 2010, Cooley ran for state Attorney General but was narrowly edged by now-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Cooley came closer than any California Republican in many years to winning a statewide constitutional office.

“The Attorney General is the state’s top law enforcement officer and the steward of the public’s safety,” said Cooley. “It is too serious a job to give to a career politician to advance his own ideological agenda or to a small town judge who is currently under judicial investigation for alleged improprieties when he was a bench officer. The people of California need a real attorney who will sweep aside the politics and focus on public safety.”

“I’m endorsing Eric Early because we need an Attorney General with integrity whose top priority is the safety of our citizens and the equal enforcement of the law for everyone,” said Cooley. “Eric is the right man at the right time for this job.”

“I am tremendously honored to have District Attorney Steve Cooley’s endorsement,” said Early. “He was a great D.A. for L.A. County – a prosecutor’s prosecutor with a deep commitment to justice and public safety. Steve and I are working closely in this campaign, and it’s a huge vote of confidence to have his support for Attorney General.”



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