Lawsuit Contends Brown Not Eligible for AG Job

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thomas Del Beccaro is chairman of the Contra Costa County Republican Party.  He says Jerry Brown can’t run for Attorney General because he hasn’t been active long enough with the state bar.  The law says candidates must be admitted to practice for at least five years before election. Brown last re-activated his status three years ago.  His campaign says his admission to the bar—decades ago--  is enough.   Del Beccaro disputes that. 

    “It doesn’t matter whether you are a member of the bar.  That's not the relevant question.  The relevant question is whether you actually have a right to practice law.”
Brown campaign spokesman Ace Smith calls the lawsuit a political dirty trick. 
“It’s the most desperate, absurd and really one of the most frivolous things I’ve seen in my life.”
The campaign manager for G-O-P candidate Chuck Poochigian says he supports the lawsuit but is not part of it.