SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - President Barack Obama has endorsed California attorney general candidate Kamala Harris.

In an e-mail distributed by the Democratic National Committee's community organizing campaign on Saturday, Obama said of Harris, San Francisco's district attorney:

"Kamala Harris has always been a strong voice for Californians. As San Francisco District Attorney, she launched early intervention programs to reduce the cycle of repeat offenders. She created her office's first Child Sexual Assault Unit and first Environmental Justice Unit. She prioritized the prosecution of financial predators, processing over 450 consumer complaints in 2009 and forming the state's first stand-alone Mortgage and Investment Fraud Unit.

"Now she's running to be California's attorney general, and I am proud to stand by her. She is someone who understands the needs of all Americans, and I need allies like that fighting for change across the country."

Obama added that Harris has done a "remarkable job" in San Francisco.

Harris, a fellow Democrat, faces Republican district attorney of Los Angeles County Steve Cooley in next month's general election.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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