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  [CA] Lockyer pegs job he wants: Governor
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Last EditedArmyDem  Jan 24, 2005 02:36pm
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MediaNewspaper - Sacramento Bee
News DateMonday, January 24, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe attorney general is seeking support from Democratic legislators for an '06 campaign

By Andy Furillo -- Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 2:15 am PST Saturday, January 22, 2005

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer has all but officially declared that he's running for governor next year, seeking endorsements in a letter to Democratic legislators in which he also said, "It's the job I want."

California's top cop is one of three statewide Democratic officeholders whose names have been prominently mentioned over the past year as leading prospects to take on Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in next year's balloting.

Lockyer, who previously served as the state Senate's president pro tem, provided his strongest signal on his intent in the Jan. 10 letter he sent to the Democratic members of the state Senate and Assembly.
"Rumors are always in season in our state Capitol," Lockyer began - before seeking to shoot down what he characterized as "scuttlebutt" that he would be a candidate only for lieutenant governor or possibly treasurer in 2006.

"Well," Lockyer continued, "none of those rumors is true. Other than the office I now hold, the one and only office that has held abiding interest for me since I left the Legislature is governor of California. It's the job I want, not only because I think I'll be a great executive, but because I think that I can and will lead the best campaign you've ever seen, a winning Democratic campaign of ideas, ideals and inspiration to stake out a great future for California."

The letter provided no timetable on when he might kick off his 2006 campaign.
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