Santa Monica Councilmember Bobby Shriver after considering a run at California Attorney General has decided to step down for the 2010 race. Shriver released this statement in regards to his decision:
Over the past several months, I have had numerous, exciting conversations about a campaign for California Attorney General. I have sought and studied creative ideas for using this important legal office to fight for justice. So many Californians have suggested ideas: for internet privacy protection, criminal law and procedure, consumer protection, water law and other environmental regulation and enforcement.
Friends have pledged their time, money and hearts to helping achieve these changes. Many law enforcement organizations, fellow lawyers and Democratic party activists encouraged me. I cannot really describe my gratitude for their support and good will.
To join them and all my fellow Californians to make these changes for justice is an appealing, significant opportunity.
However, my daughter Rosemary was born in January. Every time I look at her, I cannot bear the thought of spending the next 15 months on the campaign trail away from her. My parents are facing health challenges. I want to spend as much time with them as I can.
For these reasons, I have decided that 2010 is not the year for me to seek this incredible statewide office.