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AirTalk Midterm Elections Interview: retired judge Steven Bailey for CA attorney general




Steven Bailey (R), candidate for California Attorney General in Sacramento, Monday, October 30, 2017.
Steven Bailey (R), candidate for California Attorney General in Sacramento, Monday, October 30, 2017.
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Retired Judge Steven Bailey is challenging incumbent Democrat Xavier Becerra in the general election for the state attorney general seat.

Becerra, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the seat vacated when Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate, has led the state’s opposition on all things Donald Trump. Under his leadership, California has filed lawsuits over policies involving immigration, the environment, birth control and health care. Bailey, a Republican, is a retired El Dorado County Superior Court judge, who started his career as a legislative assistant and later became deputy legislative director for the state’s Department of Social Services. The two candidates disagree on a wide array of issues. Most notably, the retired judge has criticized Becerra for seeking to end the state's existing money bail system, which the attorney general said hits the poor harder.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association that has endorsed Bailey sued Becerra four times. Bailey has numerously said that while Becerra was busy fighting Washington, “crime has increased, homelessness has reached record levels, and drug abuse has taken more lives.” Today, Larry sits down with Bailey to discuss his campaign ahead of election day. Call us at 866-893-5722 with your questions or comment below.

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Guest:

Steven Bailey, Republican candidate for California Attorney General; he is a retired El Dorado County Superior Court judge; he tweets @BaileyForAG