By ALEX ISENSTADT - Politico
Just when Jerry Brown's nine political lives seemed to have finally run out, the iconoclastic Californian comes up with a new surprise.
And this one is a doozy: Even though Brown, now California's attorney general, hasn't officially announced his intention to run for governor, he's already scared off every potential Democratic primary challenger.
For Brown, a 71-year-old former governor who has been a staple on the statewide political scene for nearly 40 years and whose father, Pat Brown, also served as governor, his increasingly certain path to the nomination constitutes something of an astonishing political comeback. After waging three failed White House bids, serving as mayor of Oakland and serving a term as attorney general, Brown is inching closer to the governor's mansion that he departed more than two decades ago.
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