Republican Candidate for Attorney General Eric Early Wins Court Action Against His Republican Opponent and the Secretary of State
At 1 am on Saturday March 26, 2022, the Secretary of State issued statewide candidate Ballot Designations showing that it had allowed Nathan Hochman to have the following Ballot Designation: “Attorney/General Counsel”.
On Monday morning March 28th, Eric Early sued Hochman and the Secretary of State to change the designation. Early’s team argued that the Ballot Designation would mislead California voters into believing that Hochman is California’s Attorney General. He is not and never has been Attorney General.
Remarkably, for the next 2 days, Hochman evaded/ducked service of legal process of Early’s legal papers – conduct one should not expect from a person who wants to be California’s next top attorney.
Yesterday, March 30, 2022, Judge James P. Arguelles of the Sacramento Superior Court granted Eric Early’s Emergency Petition finding that Hochman’s Ballot Designation was not legally correct. Nor was the Secretary of State’s support for it. Team Early argued that Hochman cannot mislead California voters and also that he cannot have two of the same professions in the same Ballot Designation.
The Judge also ruled against Hochman’s argument that he was not properly served with legal papers and thus should not even be in Court. Judge Arguelles found that Team Early’s efforts to serve Hochman with the legal papers were sufficient to cause Hochman to appear in Court.
Eric Early today stated, “The last person who should be ducking service of legal papers and trying to mislead California’s voters with a bogus ballot designation is someone running to be California’s top lawyer. We had no choice but to immediately file this legal action. The Court’s correct ruling was great not only for my campaign but also for the People of California.”
Eric added, “My team and I are fighters and we intend to win this race for California Attorney General to help give our government back to the People. I am the candidate of California’s grassroots and we’ve had enough of business as usual.”