Bill Lockyer, the super-litigious, super-political attorney general of California — who has declared war against manufacturers and CO2 — has earned the San Diego Union-Tribune’s endorsement for state treasurer. A begrudging endorsement, to say the least:
The Democratic candidate for treasurer, Bill Lockyer, has displayed a vicious partisan streak in his eight years as attorney general, using his powers to sandbag initiatives he doesn’t like and to file frivolous lawsuits solely to score political points with unions and environmentalists. In his previous job, as Senate president, he was the epitome of the pay-to-play Sacramento culture, famously blocking a law meant to keep criminals out of California casinos and card clubs after taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the gambling industry.
Incredibly enough, we have no choice but to endorse him. His Republican opponent, Board of Equalization member Claude Parrish, is simultaneously flippant, uninformed and unfocused. Lockyer may be the devil, but he’s a smart devil. Were Lockyer treasurer, it is incomprehensible that Californians might someday wake up to learn that the state had lost billions of dollars because he made complex financial decisions without due diligence. That is not the case with Parrish.
We set out to give Lockyer the most grudging election endorsement in the history of the printed word. We hope we have achieved our goal.
Indeed! (Hat tip Taranto.)