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What He Did To Oakland

The first conversation I ever had with Jerry was during my interview to work for the campaign, when he entered the office by surprise and I nearly choked on my coffee.

'Jerry, this is Carly, she's going to be working on our web team,' Schuyler, our volunteer coordinator, told him.

'Carly!' he boomed. 'So nice to meet you!'

I tried to act natural when I shook his hand and he asked me where I was from. I told him I was born in San Francisco but grew up in Hartford, Connecticut.

'Hartford, eh? Kind of a rough place,' he said.

'Yeah, they've been trying to clean it up for years,' I responded, trying (and failing) to make a joke about the 'New England's Rising Star' flags that hang on lampposts all over downtown.

'Kind of like Oakland,' he said. 'What do you think of what I did to Oakland?'

'Jerry, I love what you did to Oakland,' I gushed like a thirteen-year-old at a Jonas Brothers concert.

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Feeling The CDP Caucus Love

Last night I spoke at the Computer and Internet caucus meeting at the California Democratic Party Executive Boards convention in San Jose. I got a great reception - statewide Democrats are really excited to back Jerry and help do what it takes to ensure he's elected. Notable characters I talked to included Courage Campaign's Robert Cruickshank, former SF Supervisor Leslie Katz, seasoned political consultant Sarah Granger, and radio host Stephen Valentino who's best described as, er, colorful. It's nice to get out there, meet people, and experience firsthand the incredible level of support from our base. So, thanks everyone, and keep it coming!

 

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Making The Media Rounds

I'll admit it. When a TV news crew spends the afternoon setting up equipment in the office and then Jerry does a live interview for CNBC's Larry Kudlow right next to my desk, I'm a little starstruck.

In addition to the Kudlow show, Jerry has made twenty-six public appearances since the June 8 primary. eMeg has made nine. Sure, she showed her face on Kudlow before the Jerry segment...but it was in the form of a pre-recorded interview.

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More Flip Flops Than a Havaianas Store

By now, it's no secret that eMeg has not-so-subtley changed her position on many issues.

Most highly publicized has been her nouveaux soft stance on immigration, which directly contradicts the 'tough as nails' message she hammered home during the primary. Jerry himself said it best when he told CNBC's Larry Kudlow that you can't say one thing in English and something completely different in Spanish.

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Nurses Rally Outside Whitman's Home

 

 

Photo courtesy of SFGate.com

This is real. A swarm of eleven-hundred angry nurses wearing red scrubs descended on eMeg's Atherton abode today, toting 'Nurses say NO to Whitman!' signs and causing a ruckus amidst an otherwise peaceful neighborhood of McMansions.

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While I Was Away...

Back from a twelve-day trek through Amsterdam and Prague and fighting off a severe case of jet-lag. Through my fogginess, spending the day catching up on what I missed in Campaign Land:

  • In keeping with his tradition of quirky, spontaneous gestures, Jerry publicly invited Meg to have tea with him and discuss her plan for California at his Oakland Hills home. When she declined, he invited her to a Fourth of July barbecue. Not surprisingly, her camp wasn't amused. (But I was!)
  • More and more folks in the blogosphere are pointing to Meg's 'lost years' as eBay CEO in 2005, 2006, and 2007...troubling years for the company, eventually leading to her ousting.
  • Despite Whitman's Spanish-language ad blitz dominating airwaves, Latino voters aren't interested. In fact, Latino leaders from Southern California publicly endorsed Jerry, citing many of his past achievements that benefited their community, at an event in LA.
  • The opposition released yet another attack ad laden with factual inaccuracies.
  • On a non campaign-related note, Oakland is making national headlines for the sentencing of a BART officer who shot and killed a civilian early last year. The victim has become somewhat of a martyr for racially-motivated crimes. It's an interesting case worth paying attention to; the outcome will undoubtedly have poignant implications. (Necessary Jerry plug: Despite this hideous event, during his tenure as AG, statewide crime has decreased for three years in a row and counting.)

Politics as usual, with the unusual peppered in courtesy of our dynamic and unique candidate.

 

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12 Pull-ups & Counting

A bunch of us were working late at the campaign office tonight when the front door slammed open and shut and Jerry thundered inside wearing track pants and a t-shirt.

He was stopping by after an evening run around Lake Merritt and, full of post-exercise energy, asked our campaign manager, Steve, for a pull-up contest. The two men headed over to the bar hanging in the hallway outside the kitchen.

I challenge anyone who comments on Jerry's age to compete against him in a pull-up competition. You will get schooled. The man is a machine - he finished a dozen before showing any semblance of even being tired. Then, as Steve struggled (and failed) to match him, Jerry hit the floor and did fifty push-ups while we counted along out loud.

They say age is just a number. Anyone who doubts that need look no further than Jerry Brown.

 

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Don't Forget His Day Job

While Jerry's been actively and very publicly vying for the top post in the state, it's easy to forget he's also California's attorney general. But he hasn't forgotten. Here's a roundup of some of his recent AG achievements. Since the end of June, Jerry has:

More to come as he continues to nab successes...

 

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Out For A Bit

I'm a model New Employee and am taking a two-week vacation starting tomorrow. Back on July 14th with more from the campaign...

 

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Friend Us On Facebook! (And Donate.)

Well, guys, today is the last day of the quarter. That means we have some goals to meet.

We're closing in on 30,000 Facebook fans. If you haven't already, friend us - and feel free to write on our wall - to keep the digital base energized.

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