DA Rosenthal won't seek reelection (updated)

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Via the Chronicle‘s Alan Bernstein:

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has withdrawn his name from the Republican ballot for re-election today amid pressure from his own party following last week’s release of intimate emails he wrote to his personal assistant.

Rosenthal publicly had rejected the local GOP’s call for him to drop his re-election plans or face the prospect of the party endorsing another Republican for the March primary.

His decision to drop out of the election was confirmed about 5:35 p.m. by Michael Wolse, the Harris County Republican Party’s primary director.

Minutes earlier, Republican Jim Leitner filed paperwork to put his name on the primary ballot for district attorney.

Former Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford is among those seeking the Democratic nomination for district attorney.

And that’s the end of that. Now we’ll see how Leitner matches up against Bradford.

UPDATE: Er, now we’ll see how Bradford matches up against:

Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler, known for effective theatrical tactics in the courtroom, is set to run for district attorney as a Republican after the withdrawal of her boss, District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal.


Prosecutors Denise Bradley, Steven St. Martin and Marc Brown expressed interest Wednesday.

Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Jim Leitner already is on the ballot, and the Republican winner will face Democrat C.O. Bradford, the former Houston police chief, in the November general election. Leitner, however, indicated he might withdraw if another Republican candidate looked to him like a top-notch prospect.


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