San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris today released an online ad targeting her Republican opponent in the race for state attorney general. The ad (view after the jump) assails Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, in so many words, as a sexist coddler of child molesters.
The video attacks Cooley for comments he made at a University of Southern California crime forum in 2009. Said Cooley, “You know what gets an initiative passed in California? Name it after a female … Jessica's Law, stuff like that.” He was referring to a California law, similar to legislation enacted by other states, that imposes tougher penalties and residency restrictions on sex offenders. The law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was raped and murdered in 2005.