Well-known conservative John Eastman has quit his job in academia in order to pursue the Republican nomination for Attorney General of California, it was announced today.
If he wins the nomination, he could end up competing for the post against Democratic San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Harris announced she was running last November and had netted $2.3 million in contributions as of last week.
Eastman, a former Reagan Administration official and clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has tapped former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese as his honorary campaign chair, according to a statement from his campaign.
Eastman said today that he has stepped down from his most recent post as Dean of the Chapman University School of Law.