The Buzz: Mayor, court among Darrell Steinberg’s possibilities

08/01/2014 2:43 PM

08/02/2014 8:38 AM

Steinberg has interest in Supreme Court post

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said this week he has mentioned his interest in being appointed to the California Supreme Court to Gov. Jerry Brown, but he downplayed the likelihood that he would land such a position immediately after leaving the Legislature later this year.

“He’s got a lot of good choices,” Steinberg said. Brown recently named Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to one of two vacancies on the state’s top court.

The Sacramento Democrat described a position on the Supreme Court as “one of many things I’ve thought about,” and left open the possibility that he may run for mayor of Sacramento in 2016 or statewide office in 2018 – he has a campaign finance committee for lieutenant governor that year. Steinberg said he would .run for mayor only if current Mayor Kevin Johnson does not seek re-election.

In the short term, Steinberg said that after leaving the Senate, he plans to practice law and pursue foundation work on public policy issues.

Briefly acting as governor Tuesday while Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom were out of state, Steinberg joked that he would not appoint himself as a judge.

– Laurel Rosenhall

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