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Delgadillo signals intention to run for attorney general

January 22, 2009 | 11:40 am

Rocky5   Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who is being forced by term limits to leave his position, has quietly filed papers signaling his intent to raise contributions for a second possible campaign for state attorney general in 2010.

The filing on Tuesday comes nearly three years after Delgadillo was trounced by Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary election for attorney general. Brown received 63% of the vote to Delgadillo’s 37%.

But with Brown considering a possible run for governor in 2010, Delgadillo would not have to worry about competing against the popular incumbent.

Delgadillo would face other obstacles, including overcoming controversy from two years ago, when he admitted his wife was driving his city car with a suspended license when she got into an accident. He has also faced recent criticism about a legal settlement that allows billboards to proliferate.

He also faces a potentially strong field of contenders. Other Democrats who have filed notices of intent to raise funds for the race include San Francisco Dist. Atty.  Kamala D. Harris and Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance. Republicans who have filed the papers indicating they are considering a run include state Sen. Tom Harman of Huntington Beach and former state Sen. Chuck Poochigian.

On another criminal justice matter, former Los Angeles Police Commission President David S. Cunningham III was appointed today by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

-- Patrick McGreevy

Photo: L.A. Times file