Proponents of a 2010 California law strengthening sentencing requirements for sex offenders who target children with violent crimes announced today that Kelly, a wealthy former Facebook chief privacy officer, has signed on to support and finance an effort to pass what's known as Chelsea's Law in other states. Kelly said in a statement that he is proud to push to bring "common sense public policy around attacks on children to all 50 states."
Kelly, who lost the Democratic primary for attorney general to Kamala Harris in 2010, stayed in the political game last fall by bankrolling a successful ballot measure aimed at curbing human trafficking. Proposition 35 also requires registered sex offenders to report social media profiles and other online aliases, a change Kelly had tried unsuccessfully to pass through the Legislature.
Kelly's continued political advocacy has kept alive buzz about what office the wealthy Democrat may seek. He's also made headlines in Sacramento in recent weeks for joining a group of bidders trying to buy the Sacramento Kings to keep the team in the capital city.
Kelly said Thursday that he expected "at some point in the future I'll run for office again," but didn't have any specific personal political plans right now. He also hasn't ruled out running in 2014, he said, when all the statewide constitutional offices will be up for a vote.
"We'll see how the 2014 musical chairs, dominoes, whatever you call it, begin to fall," he said. "I'll be looking at a number of options."
Editor's note: This post was updated at 1:15 p.m. with a quote from Chris Kelly.
PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Kelly. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee file, 2010.