Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley eyeing state attorney general post, if open

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Sources from the county level to Sacramento say Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is moving herself into position to be the next state attorney general, if the office is open next year.

If State Attorney General Kamala Harris successfully wins the U.S. Senate race next year to replace the retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, Gov. Jerry Brown would then make an appointment to fill the remaining two years on Harris’ term.

As it currently stands, Harris is the prohibitive favorite in an increasingly shrinking field of possible Senate candidates.

Other politicians have either opened 2018 campaign accounts for attorney general or, like O’Malley, are aggressively accessing the political landscape for the pending opening.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett opened a 2018 campaign account for state attorney general last week. Whether or not the account is merely a repository for leftover campaign contributions is unclear. Former Democratic legislators Lou Correa and Dario Frommer have done the same, according to finance records.

In addition, State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is said to have great interest in the attorney general’s office and former State Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is another name often included in the mix of potential candidates. Anne Gust Brown, the governor’s wife, could even be named as a caretaker appointment to ensure a clean slate of candidates for 2018.

O’Malley’s rumored interest in statewide office is bolstered by a view she has moved to raise her profile recently beginning with the roll out of an initiative to focus on human trafficking in Oakland, along with an emphasis on prosecuting johns rather than sex workers.

Insiders are also quick to note O’Malley’s prominence at a recent press conference announcing the arrest of 16 gang members last week in East Oakland. And last month, when O’Malley appeared before the Oakland City Council, her physical appearance could be described as noticeably refreshed.

For O’Malley, an appointment is likely her only path to the attorney general’s office. Since being appointed district attorney in 2009, O’Malley has never ran a campaign in a contested election. O’Malley ran unopposed during elections in 2010 and 2014.

Categories: Alameda County District Attorney, appointment, attorney general, Barbara Boxer, caretaker, Ellen Corbett, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Nancy O'Malley, U.S. Senate

6 replies

  1. “…said to be…” — why not just ask him?


  2. highly unlikely to even be appointed


  3. Even the thought makes me angry. Her office is highly corrupt committing misconduct activities as if they are just normal, everyday activity. She should be locked up herself.


  4. By MW:

    In regard to the above comment of 8:53PM, what do you expect, since Nancy O'Malley is a lawyer. More specifically, there is no creature on earth with more contempt for the facts and the law than the typical lawyer.

    In other words, and although lawyers insist they practice law and also insist they are motivated by a search for the facts, truth, and justice, however in reality most lawyers are nothing but sleazeballs, scumbags, parasites, professional pathological liars, and blood sucking leeches and who will pull absolutely anything they think they can get away with.

    In fact,.modern American lawyers should not be referred to collectively as the “legal profession” but instead as the sleaziest major mafia of all time. While it is true that there are a few honest lawyers, however the overwhelmingly majority of them are nothing but parasites, scumbags, and blood sucking leeches.

    And as I have commented before, lawyers also have far and away the highest rates of alcoholism and drug addiction of any major profession. And related to that, ask Nancy O'Malley if it is true that the rates of alcoholism among the lawyers in the Alameda County DA's office, and especially among its managers and higher ranking lawyers, is even far higher than in the legal profession as a whole.


  5. She won't get it. Not after all of the misconduct perpetrated during the ACAP trial ON HER ORDERS comes out during the appeal. This is a person who, quite blatantly, used her office to cover up theft by elected Alameda County officials…including the recently retired Auditor-Controller… that led to ACAP's carefully constructed demise. We don't need an AG who will aid and abet corrupt politicians.


  6. I have to agree with the above comments on Nancy O'Malley. She and her office are trying to build her resume for a possible California Attorney General candidacy for 2016. In doing so, they have broken many search and seizure laws, and have prosecuted lawful people at the expense of the Alameda County tax payers. She is not to be trusted by the voters!


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