VP Kamala Harris, big groups endorse AG Rob Bonta

VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS in a file photo with Attorney General Rob Bonta and California Assemblymember Mia Bonta

By Claire Morales True, Managing Editor

 SAN FRANCISCO – Vice President Kamala Harris, various groups and major newspapers in California have endorsed Attorney General Rob Bonta for a full four-year term.

In supporting AG Bonta, the first Filipino American named to the post, VP Harris, herself a former California attorney general, “knows firsthand the importance of protecting our fundamental rights.”

In a Facebook post, Bonta thanked Harris for the big support. “I’m grateful to have a partner in the White House to advance those rights for all Californians,” he said.

Several groups and media entities said they are for a full term for AG Bonta since he has made unprecedented achievements in only a short time that he has occupied the post after his appointment by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

The San Francisco Chronicle, for one, stated: “On housing alone, incumbent Rob Bonta has earned our endorsement. Bonta has been aggressive in defending new state laws to increase housing production and density. California cannot tackle its housing crisis without aggressive watchdogging from the Attorney General’s Office.”

“Meanwhile, with a Supreme Court intent on stripping women’s rights, California needs an attorney general deeply committed to guarding its values from federal incursions. Bonta is the candidate we trust to do so aggressively,” the San Francisco Chronicle stated.

“And, yes, he remains committed to reforming the excesses of the criminal justice system while preserving public safety,” the newspaper added.

Other major newspapers and editorial boards across California which also endorsed AG Bonta for a full four-year term as Attorney General are the Los Angeles Times, Mercury News, and Sacramento Bee.

Also supporting Bonta are the Orange County Register, Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee, East Bay Times, San Luis Obispo Tribune and the Marin Independent Journal.

“Bonta has shown an ability to honor calls for greater public safety while boosting his office’s efforts in key areas such as hate crimes, environmental justice, civil rights and housing,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

“He has earned another four years,” it added.

“Since Bonta’s historic appointment last year as the first Filipino American to serve as California attorney general, allowing him to serve the remainder of now-Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra’s term, the Democrat has shown attentive leadership on many of the state’s most pressing public safety challenges,” the newspaper stated.
” He has also worked to put teeth in the state’s housing laws, protect reproductive rights, enforce sensible gun laws and address environmental justice issues that matter to ordinary Californians. He deserves the opportunity to serve a full four-year term,” it added.