State Assemblyman Ted Lieu landed the first official statewide elected endorsement for the race for attorney general on Monday, May 18th, when state Controller John Chiang announced his support for the assemblyman.

“Ted Lieu early on identified the subprime mortgage and foreclosure crisis as one of the catalysts for our economic downturn,” said Chiang. “Over the strenuous objection of powerful interests, Ted Lieu authored and fought to get signed one of the most comprehensive laws in the nation to stem the tide of foreclosures. I am proud to endorse Ted Lieu for attorney general.”

The state controller was referring to legislation authored by Lieu, the California Foreclosure Prevention Act, which many consider to be one of the most comprehensive laws in the country to stem the tide of foreclosures.

Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, the current state attorney general, is launching a bid for governor in 2010.

Chiang joins a growing list of California leaders, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and assemblymembers Paul Fong, Mary Hayashi, Bonnie Lowenthal and Curren Price.

Now in his final term in the Assembly, Lieu has risen to a key leadership post as chair of the powerful Assembly Rules Committee. He holds the rank of major in the United State Air Force Reserves and served on active duty for four years as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps as a military prosecutor.

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