Saturday, October 31, 2009

Brown Stumps At Irvine

With Gavin Newsom having dropped out of the race for governor, all eyes turn to the only known undeclared candidate in the race: Jerry Brown. The Orange County Register has a write up on a speech Brown recently made in Irvine. Looks like he did well, at least from the way the reporter writes it, although lacking in some of the specifics at least a couple of other candidates have put forth.

I know I hated Brown as Governor but, for the life of me, I can't remember exactly why. Still, I can't help but kind of like the guy after reading the account of his speech. With Newsom out of the race, it looks like we've got 4 half- way decent candidates running for governor next year. Actually, we had four half- way decent candidates earlier on, and one bad one with Newsom.

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5 Comments:

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown will be more gov is best for you. He supports the MLPA and thinks the coastal commission is just great. I hope you don't think he is in your good 4.

 
At 6:23 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, maybe the others feel the same way about the coastal commission and MLPAs? I'm sure some will profess to. Whatever sounds best to the majority of voters.

Yes, I'm just saying he's not a total flake like Newsom. I don't remember how things went under his Governorship earlier on, but I don't know that I've heard anyone use his record against him, at least not yet.

But, looking at the OC Register story, he does seem to be pandering without a lot of substance. He does seem to support protecting Prop 13, but a lot of the story seems to center on him saying he thinks the people know what's best for the state and he's going to support them, or some such.

Seems to me the people in this state, aka the voters, have done just as much damage as the politicos. That's just populist pandering saying the people know best. We'll have to keep an eye on him and see if his campaign stays vague or gets more specific.

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Rose said...

I think Brown's day in the sun is over - Meg Whitman's going to be hard to beat.

I liked Brown as Governor, thought he got a bad rap. Brown did a good job as Mayor of Oakland, not sure I feel the same way about him as Attorney General.

I'm glad to see Newsom step down, my guess is he realized he could not compete with Whitman.

Willie Brown is the one who has been surprising me lately.

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Meg Whitman's going to be hard to beat..

I don't know, Rose. I liked Whitman earlier on. Still do, but she's been bowing out of the candidate forums and hasn't come up with any solid proposals on anything, at least not yet (not that there's anything really all that wrong with that). Doesn't make her look very sure of herself.

Polls show Brown beating any of the Republican candidates and some say Campbell is the only chance the Reps have to win. Who knows?

As for Willie Brown, he's another guy I used to love to hate. I've been enjoying his San Francisco Chronicle column lately, though. He seems pretty level headed from reading that. Is that what you're referring to?

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Willie Brown did a bit on O'Reilly (or was it Hannity?) - anyway, he was amazingly honest and clear sighted. Not the usual spin you get from other dems. I was impressed.

 

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