Hochman announces LA D.A. bid - Nathan Hochman
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Hochman announces LA D.A. bid

Hochman announces LA D.A. bid

A former political rival of Bonta’s also made some news on Monday. Nathan Hochman, who running as a Republican lost resoundingly to Bonta in the 2022 attorney general election, has his eyes on a new prize: Being the next Los Angeles district attorney.

Hochman, a former assistant U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush and former federal prosecutor in California, has the endorsement of former Los Angeles D.A. Steve Cooley. During his announcement, Hochman criticized the current district attorney, George Gascón, for his crime policies.

  • Hochman, in a statement: “Gascón has miserably failed to protect our residents, leading to a spiral of lawlessness that endangers all L.A. County residents. It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives. It’s time we had a D.A. who fights for victims — not criminals. It’s time for an independent prosecutor who will protect public safety and ensure equal justice…”

Gascón is up for re-election in 2024. He has faced multiple failed recall attempts, and in March lost a retaliation lawsuit against a county prosecutor who claims they were demoted for speaking out against Gascón’s policies. (His former chief of staff is also suing him with similar claims).

Hochman is running as an independent in heavily Democratic L.A. County, and joins a crowded field in seeking this nonpartisan seat — three deputy district attorneys have already announced their bids and more candidates are expected to join.