California Watch has a good story up today on the role the state's influential police unions will play in deciding the attorney general's race between Kamala Harris and Steve Cooley. As reporter Timothy Sandoval notes, San Francisco D.A. Harris could be facing a “big blue wall” opposing her run for the state's top law-enforcement job, composed of cops who aren't thrilled with her opposition to the death penalty.
The most interesting section of the article, from a local perspective, is a zinger of an anti-Harris quote from San Francisco Police Officers Association president Gary Delagnes. “There is no way that my members would ever allow me to endorse Kamala Harris after she refused to seek the death penalty on the guy that killed the cop,” Delagnes said, referring to Harris' decision not to seek the death penalty when filing charges in the 2004 murder of SFPD Officer Isaac Espinoza. “That is a relationship that is never going to be okay.”