SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Just days after he was appointed and confirmed as California attorney general, Rob Bonta has a challenger to that seat.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced she would run for the state AG office in 2022.
“Here is the truth, California’s criminal justice system is in chaos,” Schubert said Monday.
While announcing her run, Schubert did not name Bonta but she wasted no time attacking him all the same.
“Let me be clear,” she said during the announcement. “The newly appointed attorney general has voted for and supported policies and laws that are not only destroying the rights of crime victims but are destroying public safety in this state.”
Schubert claims Bonta will continue a progressive track record which she says is soft on crime.
“And the newly appointed attorney general has promised to bring the same types of policies that are hurting San Francisco to the rest of our great state,” she explained.
Schubert also paired the attorney general with the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles, who are Bonta supporters and who Schubert claims have created chaos in their jurisdictions.
“When the L.A. district attorney, who is supported by the newly appointed attorney general, has to be sued by his very own prosecutors to enforce the law against violent criminals, that is chaos,” Schubert said.
Her stance spoke with many crime victims’ families who are throwing their support behind Schubert, including Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly Klaas was kidnapped and murdered in 1993.
“Her passion for victims and justice is unsurpassed,” Klaas said.
Dr. Nicole Clavo is also a supporter of Schubert. Clavo’s son, J.J. Clavo, was shot and killed in 2015 outside of Grant Union High School.
“The laws are changing and they’re not changing on the side of the victims,” Clavo said. “They’re definitely going on side of the criminals.”
Schubert says she’s running as an independent.
“Because it’s who I am, I feel very strongly that politics shouldn’t be part of the position,” she explained. “I have some views that may be more liberal, some that may be more liberal, none of which makes any difference for the job.”
As a Democrat, political experts believe Bonta could raise a lot of money from help of politicians such as Vice President Kamala Harris who served as California’s AG for six years.
Schubert says she’s not worried.
“And I honestly believe when I get across California, people hear my message, I’m going to raise the money I need to raise,” Schubert said.
Schubert also spent time talking about her work on the east area rapist case and how using new DNA technology and methods to arrest him have made her a national leader.
She also spoke about how she has used that same technology to free those who have been wrongfully convicted.