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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

He became an official candidate for the office of Shelby County District Attorney only two days ago and already some political observers are call TV Judge Joe Brown "a game changer."

How can that be for man who has yet to attract a single vote and just entered the race against a formidable opponent?

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They call it the "Brown Factor." A celebrity judge with deep pockets stepping into the race at a time when county Democrats would like payback for the Republican defeat back in 2010.

Every candidate seeks this kind of media attention for something as routine as filing papers to run for office. Judge Brown didn't ask for face time on the evening news about running for district attorney. He practically commanded it.

"I was very aggressive trial lawyer," Judge Brown said. "I was very learned judge-wise in the way of the world, and I am smart."

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 "He is very much a celebrity and is going to bring a new level of interest that we have not seen in a long, long time," said Bernal Smith, Tri-State Defense publisher.

"He's known across the nation and he is certainly known in the neighborhoods of Memphis," added Jackson Backer of the Memphis Flyer. "He has a grasp for the vernacular."

Interest among the voters and maybe generosity among the some donors to give the local party since Brown can fund his own campaign.

"I have heard estimates that he is prepared to sink a $100,000 in his own campaign," Baker said. "I don't know how far that will go. I think this going to be a campaign where you will see a lot of money spent."

Some Democratic leaders have confided in Baker they worry about Brown's unintangibles.

"That's the risk. That's why a lot of Democrats want to give him a wide berth," Baker said. "They figure if he does implode, he'll just sink himself."

"Justice in East Memphis should be the same as it is in South Memphis," Judge Brown said.

Kept on message, and should he win the primary Brown could help other candidates, particular those running for judges, commission races, and the big the mayoral race.

"He has the ability to carry the Democratic ticket across the finish line," Smith said.

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