California GOP Attorney General Nominee Faces Ethics Panel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Republicans’ nominee for California state attorney general is facing an ethics tribunal just two months before the November election. The Commission on Judicial Performance begins considering Tuesday whether former judge Steven Bailey used his office to further his statewide campaign, improperly accepted gifts and steered business to a firm where his son worked. Bailey denies wrongdoing and blames political gamesmanship. But the hearing in Sacramento creates another hurdle as Bailey tries to unseat Democrat Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to fill a vacancy last year. No decision is expected until after the election. He could eventually be publicly admonished, but not disqualified from the attorney general’s race. Bailey was an El Dorado County judge from 2009 through August 2017. He defeated two other rivals to win the nomination in June.


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