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The B Story in Tuesday’s Primary

In California there is immigration, the environment, traffic and certainly the fact that the state is broke, but one issue has surfaced: Facebook privacy. Actually, it’s not much of a surprise, as Chris Kelly, the company’s former chief privacy officer, is running for attorney general. But he left the company before concerns really heated up over the privacy settings.

One of Kelly’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, has a couple of ads hitting Kelly for the spots, including one that says “Chris Kelly released your private information,” per CNN’s Eric Kuhn.

Harris has her own sets of headaches over a controversy over her handling of the San Francisco crime lab.

Attorney general is an important office — more so than lieutenant governor, which also has inspired a bitter campaign on the Democratic side between Gavin Newsom and Janice Hahn. But let’s face it: These are offices voters pay little attention to until they see names on the ballot, in the voting booth. So the wave of negative commercials and other spots, particularly ones that make an issue of social networking, have to leave most voters scratching their heads. It’s inside politics at its finest.

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