Tuesday, November 10, 2009

He Gets the Farmville Vote

One of the "perks" of working in biglaw is that occasionally you get attention from political candidates looking for checks.  Today, we had a lunchtime talk with Chris Kelly, the chief privacy officer of Facebook, who is running for AG. 

The Good?  I thought it was refreshing to see someone running for AG who is not termed out (see Ricky Delgadillo) or just simply shuffling from one office to the next (see most previous AGs and remaining candidates in the Democratic primary).  He's clearly very bright and a policy wonk.  He also hales from the tech sector, which along with the entertainment industry and to a lesser extent agriculture, forms the backbone of California's economy.  Given the status of California's finances, I think any statewide officeholder has to understand the state of our economy and use his/her office to its betterment.

The Bad?  He's not a politician.  Some positions are not completely thought out.  For example, Chris states, "I believe deeply that we need early intervention and drug courts for those offenders who are only beginning along a criminal road, before they're too far along that dangerous path."  Well how would this work in practice?  We have a non-functioning juvenile justice system.  This might be a chicken or the egg problem, but juvenile delinquents are not dealt with in any way on their first, second, third, or fourth offenses because of overcrowding in juvenile halls (I realize offense is the wrong word for juveniles, I just can't think of the right term).  So they only get attention from the system when they are very far along down the Recidivism Road.  How would early intervention work then?  On the other hand, the other solution, eliminating mandatory minimums and returning sentencing back to judges is just good policy with or without prison overcrowding.  Just ask Scalia.

Anyway, Chris struck me as an interesting candidate.  You should stalk poke invite him to Mafia Wars add him as a friend.



Blogger Carbolic said...

"Privacy Officer" at Facebook is a little like being "Compliance Officer" at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.

11/10/2009 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean Rocky Delgadillo?

11/10/2009 9:06 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

I'd like to think that was a typo because the i and the o are close to each other on the keyboard as opposed to channeling a subconscious I Love Lucy reference.

11/10/2009 9:14 AM  
Blogger Dan said...


11/10/2009 6:07 PM  

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