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California: Jerry Brown back on top


By Misty - Posted on 26 April 2009

Source: SFGate

April 2009

State Attorney General Jerry Brown enters the state Democratic convention today favored to be the party's next candidate for governor... The poll shows Brown with a clear lead among Californians in every major media market - even the San Francisco Bay Area - as well as with voters of both genders and all education levels. This is Brown's potential third-term gubernatorial run...

A new statewide poll shows Brown with 31 percent of support from Democratic primary voters, almost a 2-1 lead over his nearest potential gubernatorial competitor, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom with 16 percent, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with 12 percent.

  I emailed Jerry's office earlier this year to get some money back from a company that rip me off ... two months later I got a check in the mail from the company, plus an apology. Jerry got my vote. He's a visionary, he's a big-picture thinker, he calls bullsh* on bullsh**.

Misty,

 Is Arnold going to challange Barbara Boxer for the Senate in 2010? If not, who looks to be in position in the GOP to give her a run?

Arnold said he is "not running for anything." Carly Fiorina may challenge Boxer. Fiorina has a lot of enemies since her HP days.

and

Former Ebay executive Meg Whitman announced she will run for governor. She won't win.

I'm actually ambivalent about Boxer, but if Carly "I'm touting my HP experience even though I ran it into the ground and got fired and a huge golden parachute for it" Fiorina is running, I'm definitely backing Boxer.
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

MISTY: Former Ebay executive Meg Whitman announced she will run for governor. She won't win.

 

I saw an interview with Mayor Newsom and found him very likeable/intelligent. I wonder why he wouldn't poll higher.
I strongly doubt that the social conservatives down here in OC will vote for him, nor would much of the rural communities and Catholics. It might not add up to the blue voters in LA and SF, but it can pull enough votes away from him.
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

I supported Jerry Brown completely when he ran for Prez. It was before my Republican years.. I saw him speak multiple times and found him to be a great, honest man.

 

formerly klaf

If anything, I would think Arnold might even support the Democratic nominee, just to get back at the state/national GOP who stuck it to him.

As for Jerry Brown...I guess tonight's movie is BACK TO THE FUTURE? Oh great scott.

Hamstrung by both a lack of money and political momentum, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom withdrew from the California governor's race today.

So much for Bill Clinton's idiotic "endorsement" which was only in grudge to Brown.

I don't know why anyone in their right mind would want to be Governor of California. Talk about a thankless, near impossible to execute job.
Can you do a quick summary of the story behind Newsom and why you're so happy he's out of the race? I have no idea all the way over here in Georgia. ( :
Well, for one thing, San Francisco tends to be its own microcosm, so Newsom can't govern California like he governs SF. We'll also see what we're seeing nationally with Obama vs. conservatives, only ten times worse-- his openly allowing gay marriages in SF will guarantee that there'll be a perpetual protest by Christian activists in Sacramento.
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Jerry Brown to declare his candidacy for governor Tuesday

 Finally. I am getting sick of Former Ebay executive Meg Whitman running without opposition. Her ads are driving me nuts.
 
Go, Jerry, go!

Link from TPM. Not sure who will win the GOP primary in California, but Jerry Brown is looking really strong against any of his possible Republican opponents in the latest polls. Even Brandon supports him so we know he has a great chance of becoming governor!

A new survey of the California gubernatorial race by Public Policy Polling (D) gives Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown huge leads over the two Republican candidates in the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Brown, who previously served as governor from 1975-1983 and ran for president three times, leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman by 48%-36%, and leads state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner by 48%-32%. The survey of registered voters has a ±3.2%.

Whitman and Poizner slam Obama, antagonize Hispanics, and thereby mutually destroy each other's chances in the general election. You have to run hard right to win the CA Republican Primary, because the electorate is very, very conservative. By the time one of them win the primary, it will be too late to pivot back to the center and act like they're running in California, not Alabama.

Whitman's spending in California race passes $80 million... with $68 million of it coming from her own personal wealth... has said she's prepared to spend as much as $150 million of her own wealth on her campaign.

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So why should we support a "fiscal conservative" that thinks spending $80 million to win a job that pays $212,000 per year is a sensible idea?

That is one of the reasons the few people that I talk politics with here in S. Cal are not impressed with her.  We feel if nothing else, she thinks she can "buy" the election. I also don't buy that leading a large company is a drop dead qualification to be an effective politician,  especially in a divisive state.  The governer can't issue edicts and expect to be obeyed (much to our current governers surprise).   I haven't seen any instance of her ability to persuade agreement as opposed to command obedience.

 

All I'm going to say is, who spends $80 million dollars on a primary, let alone a Gubernatorial Primary, even in California? That's what Meg Whittman did.

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