Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, March 22, 2010


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Candidate Eastman Deceives in Two Respects


The Los Angeles Times has it wrong. In a blog, it reports:

“Republican attorney general candidate John Eastman has chosen the job description he will show voters on the June ballot: assistant attorney general. What he isn’t saying, though, is that he is an assistant attorney general in South Dakota.”

No, he’s not an “assistant attorney general” anywhere.

There are 11 assistant attorneys general in the Appellate Division of the Office of South Dakota Attorney General, five in the Natural Resources Division, two in the Litigation Division, and one in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. They are full-time employees. Eastman, former dean at Chapman University School of Law, is not among them.

He’s a special assistant attorney general for South Dakota, brought in to work on a petition for a writ of certiorari, to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is connected with only that one case.

It’s bad enough that Eastman is trying to delude voters into thinking he is in the Office of Attorney General in California. What makes it all the more egregious is that he doesn’t even hold the office title he is claiming in South Dakota.

A man with so low a level of integrity should not be considered for election as California’s chief law enforcement officer.


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