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July 10, 2013
Sen. Steinberg looks into crystal ball on his political future

So many possibilities, it's enough to make a politician's head spin.

Still, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg did clear up a few things about his potential political future in a meeting Wednesday morning with The Bee's editorial board.

Yes, he plans to serve out the remaining 16 months in his leadership post in the Legislature.

No, he would not run for Sacramento mayor in 2016 if Kevin Johnson seeks reelection.

Yes, he's interested in Attorney General in 2014, but only if Kamala Harris doesn't run again.

No, he's not inclined to run for Sacramento District Attorney in 2014 because it just doesn't appeal to him.

He's also not that interested in Congress, even if Rep. Doris Matsui stepped aside, because it would require a bicoastal life. A judicial appointment doesn't float his boat because it is "too sedentary."

To run for any office after he is termed out in 2014, it would have to be one that he would be "excited" about, Steinberg said.

If the stars don't align, he said he's prepared to wait as late as 2018 to seek elected office again. He already has some $800,000 in a campaign account designated to run for lieutenant governor in 2018. In the meantime, he would consider working with a foundation, perhaps on mental health, an issue he is passionate about.

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