Will rivals be foils for a canny Jerry Brown?

Thomas D. Elias - Ventura County Star

So far, the most interesting thing about the formal entry of Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown into the run for governor has been the reaction of the two megabucks Republicans now vying so avidly and expensively to be his November rival.

Or maybe to be his unwitting foil for the fall election season.

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Jerry Brown stresses experience, bipartisanship

Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers

(03-03) 19:06 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Democrat Jerry Brown - acknowledging he's more pragmatic and centrist than when he was California governor three decades ago - said Wednesday that if elected again he will bring Republicans and Democrats together with "businesspeople, union people and Tea Party people" to produce an "honest" state budget.

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California governor's race: Jerry Brown steps back in at a time of crisis

By Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writer

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- Thirty-seven states will hold elections for governor in November, but none will have a more intriguing story line than California. Voters here will decide whether to make the youngest California governor of the 20th century the oldest ever elected in the state's history.

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Big money bites Tom Campbell

Thomas D. Elias:

Tom Campbell admitted it quite frankly the morning he dropped out of the run for governor and into a crowded race for the Republican nomination to challenge three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer next fall:

"Pragmatism told me I could no longer continue in (the governor's) race," Campbell soberly said. "I never had the opportunity to make a lot of personal wealth."

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Republican Millionaire Rick Caruso Backs Democrat Jerry Brown for CA Governor

Tina Daunt - Huffington Post

Caruso -- who raised money for both Bushes -- said he believes Brown is the most qualified candidate to navigate California's political labyrinth during these troubled times.

"I want to make it clear that this is not a reaction by any stretch of the imagination to my buddy Arnold," Caruso said. "I think Arnold has done a great job, given the circumstances."

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Brown plays the real post-partisan

Thomas Elias - Redding Record Searchlight

We've got to bring people together. There's poisonous partisanship at work all around the country. There's also a general grumpiness and the governor is often the recipient of howls of execration. But I love the excitement and adventure of taking a stalemate and moving it to a consensus. I've brought people together before and I can again.

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Gay rights group honors Brown

San Diego Union Tribune

State Attorney General Jerry Brown was honored last night by California’s largest gay rights group for his efforts to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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Poised for another California comeback


Just when Jerry Brown's nine political lives seemed to have finally run out, the iconoclastic Californian comes up with a new surprise.

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Brown has big lead in Democrats' bid for governor


Attorney General Jerry Brown has opened a commanding lead over San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, a new Field Poll shows.

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Jerry Brown: Keeping the focus on the Republicans

By Roger Salazar - Capitol Weekly

This week, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed papers with the Secretary of State opening an exploratory committee for Governor, for all intents and purposes divulging the worst kept secret in California politics over the past two years: that he is indeed going to run for Governor.

In June of 2008, I had the pleasure of speaking to a panel at the Sacramento Metro Chamber's State Advocacy Day. I was asked who I thought the next Governor of California would be and I answered: "Jerry Brown, period."

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