In A.G.'s race, two big names weigh in late [Update: Speier out]
Steve Cooley, the Republican district attorney of L.A. County, jumped into the race only a few weeks ago. And Congresswoman Jackie Speier, of San Mateo, is still mulling whether to jump in on the Democratic side.*
A look at the Democrats' campaign filings shows you why Speier might be giving this a serious look.
* Update, 3:22 p.m.: Speier announced today that she's not running.
Kamala Harris, the San Francisco District Attorney, has been considered the front-runner on the Democratic side. But her report shows she's about even with three other Democrats -- Rocky Delgadillo, Alberto Torrico and Ted Lieu -- in cash on hand. Harris holds $1.25 million, having raised more and spent more than her competition, next to $1.19 million for Delgadillo, $1.13 million for Torrico, and $1.02 million for Lieu.
For comparison's sake, consider that at the same point in his (failed) 2006 run for attorney general, Delgadillo had $2.4 million in the bank. Delgadillo raised $3.1 million in 2005, but only $1.4 million in 2009.
Meanwhile, Facebook executive Chris Kelly leads the current crop with a little over $2 million in the bank, thanks to a generous donation from himself, and Pedro Nava trails with just $339,000.
Aside from Cooley, the only Republican in the race is Sen. Tom Harman, who reports just $314,000 on hand.