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Bobby Shriver mulling run for California attorney general

Bobby Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, is mulling a run for state attorney general next year, according to his political adviser.

The 54-year-old Democrat is a member of what is perhaps America's most famous political dynasty, the Kennedy clan.

His father, Sargent Shriver, was the 1972 Democratic candidate for vice president. Of his other uncles, Robert Kennedy was U.S. attorney general and U.S. senator, and Ted Kennedy has served in the U.S. Senate for years.

"There's been a wide variety of people who have come to him and who he has used as a sounding board to talk about the job of attorney general and the role it takes, the profile it has in terms of moving California forward," said Harvey Englander, a Democratic political strategist who managed both of Shriver's successful runs for Santa Monica City Council.

Englander, who described himself as "very close" to Shriver, called the role of California's top cop "a very powerful position" and one that is "closest to fitting his profile."

Current Attorney General Jerry Brown, a Democrat and former governor who ran for president against Shriver's uncle Ted in 1980, is widely expected to run for governor in 2010.

Shriver, a graduate of Yale Law School, would certainly bring star power to the attorney general's race.

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