Former Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey Endorsees Gascón’s Challenger Nathan Hochman

Four years ago, L.A. County voters ousted District Attorney Jackie Lacey and elected progressive George Gascón. Now, Lacey is endorsing his opponent, former federal prosecutor Nathan Hochman, in the November election, saying criminals have “grown bolder” under Gascón’s watch. 

The endorsement is noteworthy because Lacey is a lifelong Democrat, who became the first woman and first African-American to serve as county DA. Hochman — an independent — ran for attorney general as a Republican in 2022, and Gascón’s campaign is hoping to capitalize on that by branding him a right-wing ideologue.

Lacey isn’t alone. Other Democrats who have endorsed Hochman include Rory and Max Kennedy, as well as former district attorney candidates Maria Ramirez and John McKinney.

Gascón’s campaign seems unbothered by the endorsement. 

“Mr. Hochman continues to struggle with attracting relevant support,” Gascón’s chief political strategist Jamarah Hayner told the L.A. Times. Instead, he’s “relying on names like [former L.A. County Dist. Atty.] Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey, whose political views voters have consistently rejected.”