Press Releases

Brown Accepts 10 Debate Invitations, Calls on Whitman to Meet Face-to-Face

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland – Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown today announced that he has accepted invitations to 10 debates or town halls around California, all sponsored by independent organizations interested in an open and honest campaign for Governor.

“We are only a few days into the general election campaign, and already our airwaves have been overrun with millions in misleading and deceptive attack ads,” Brown said. “The people of California deserve better. They deserve to see their choices for Governor stand side-by-side and honestly discuss the challenges facing our state.”

The morning after his victory in the Democratic primary, Brown proposed that he and Republican nominee Meg Whitman hold 10 joint town hall appearances around the state to discuss job creation, schools and the state’s budget mess and to answer questions from voters.

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Brown Campaign Responds to Whitman Attack Ad

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland – In response to the blatantly false and cynical attack ad released by Meg Whitman today, Brown campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford released the following statement:
 
More cynical negative attacks from a campaign that can't seem to tell the truth. Its politics as usual, backed by Wall Street billions. If Meg Whitman had ever bothered to vote, she might know that Jerry Brown cut taxes by billions of dollars, built up a surplus and created 1.9 million new jobs for Californians. If Whitman wants to discuss Jerry Brown's record, she should accept his invitation to 10 town halls and debate Jerry's accomplishments in person.
 
Whitman’s ad is 60 seconds of falsehoods – beginning with the claim the Brown was a big-spending governor. In fact, Brown decreased General Fund expenditures as a percentage of State Domestic Product more than any governor since economists began tracing SDP in 1963. Brown – well known for fiscal frugality – twice vetoed pay increases for state workers.

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Fake Ad, Fake Plans, Fake Candidate

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland - Fake ad. Fake plans. Fake candidate.
 
Fake Ad
 
Meg Whitman is fond of quoting Jerry Brown, but what's the second sentence she left out of her latest televised lie?

"There is a tremendous skepticism out there. People are looking for someone they can trust who really knows what needs to be done and can communicate that he's about to do it," Brown continued in the 1996 CNN interview.
 
It was true then and it's true now.
 
This ad is another example of Meg Whitman taking statements out of context. Her shameless advertising continues to reflect on her desire to fool voters rather than speak the truth.
 
Fake Plans
 
What does Meg Whitman have to offer? A pamphlet with more pictures than real proposals. A plan to cut taxes on the wealthiest Californians that will personally save Whitman tens of millions but cost the state billions, and an "immigration plan" she flip-flops on every day. No wonder people don't trust politicians.

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Jerry Brown Proposes Pension Reform

Brown for Governor Campaign

LOS ANGELES- Pointing to growing pension fund liabilities across the state, Jerry Brown today called for a series of reforms to stabilize California’s public employee retirement system and protect taxpayers, retirees and current employees.

“State government has to honor commitments that have been made, but we have a responsibility to taxpayers and to retirees themselves to make certain that we can withstand sudden meltdowns in the markets without overburdening an already strained state budget,” Brown said. “We have to be realistic about what the state can afford, and put an end to abuses of the system that cost millions.”

Brown outlined eight proposals to shore up California’s pension system, reducing the cost to taxpayers and the state budget in the future.

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Whitman Gets an "F" for Education Ad

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland– After a month of lying about Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman has decided to start lying about herself too. In a new ad, Whitman claims she wants to improve California's schools - and improve opportunities for Latino students.

What she doesn't say is that she opposes bilingual education, she favors removing undocumented students from California's colleges and universities and she would deny services to children of undocumented workers - including education.

"Meg Whitman seems to believe no one listened to the first round of positions she took," said Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford. "The real Meg Whitman will kick kids out of school, fire teachers and withold resources from schools that need them most."

Whitman's ad continues by touting her "plan" for education, but it doesn't include the truth about her proposals. Whitman has consistently misled the public about the amount of funding that reaches the classroom, the way charter schools are founded, and her plans to withdraw funding and fire staff at schools in strugging communities.

"Jerry Brown has actually founded two charter schools, and understands the difficulties educators face," Clifford said. "Meg Whitman doesn't even seem to know how many charters are available."

Where's Meg Whitman?

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland– It's been 35 days since the start of the General Election, where has Meg Whitman been? Not answering questions from the voters or the press, not anywhere really.

While Attorney General Jerry Brown has done 26 public appearances or media interviews, Meg Whitman has done nine. While Brown has taken the tough questions about the race and the future of California, Whitman refuses to talk. While Brown has accepted 10 debate invitations from nonpartisan groups around the state,Whitman will agree to only one in October.

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New Attack, Same Story: Whitman Repeats Old Lies with New Pictures

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland– Republican Meg Whitman released the latest in her "Lie About Jerry Brown" TV campaign today, repeating claims that have been proven false by journalists and non-partisans like factcheck.org.

"Meg Whitman has refused to tell the truth about Jerry Brown from the very beginning," said Brown Campaign Manager Steven Glazer. "From lies about assaulting an employee at eBay to false claims about how long she's lived in California to false statements about Jerry Brown, Whitman seems incapable of telling the truth."

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Latino Leaders Back Brown For Governor, Call Out Whitman For Anti-Latino, Anti-Immigrant Record And Deceptive Ads

Brown for Governor Campaign

LOS ANGELES

– Southern California Latino leaders today joined together to announce their support for Jerry Brown’s campaign for Governor and decry Republican Meg Whitman’s anti-Latino positions and deceptive campaign tactics.

"As Governor, Mayor, and Attorney General, Jerry Brown has time and again proven his commitment to California’s Latino and immigrant communities," said United States Representative Xavier Becerra (D-31st CD). "He marched with Cesar Chavez and the farm workers for safe working conditions, demonstrated a commitment to diversity in hiring, and fought for decades for California’s working families."

As Governor, Jerry Brown enacted laws to protect workers, and signed into law the Agricultural Relations Act, giving farm workers the right to organize. Brown also made Cruz Reynoso the first Latino ever to serve in the Court of Appeals, and went on to appoint him to the California Supreme Court. Governor Brown had the most diverse gubernatorial administration in the country, including naming Mario Obledo Secretary of Health and Welfare – the first Latino in a modern-day California cabinet.

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Oops, I Did it Again: Secret Settlements in Whitman's Wake

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland – Meg Whitman says:
 
“…we must reform the way state government conducts business by demanding efficiency, accountability and transparency."
 
Or not. Meg Whitman claims to believe in accountability and transparency, but when she makes an illegal decision, she counts on her company to foot the bill, and does all she can to hide the truth. More than once companies Whitman worked for paid-off workers mistreated by Whitman, and then hid behind nondisclosure agreements.
 
“Whitman owes it to the voters to come clean about what happened in both cases, and be honest about what the settlements cost her employers,” said Brown Campaign Manager Steven Glazer.
 
Turns out, the day she chose to assault a staffer wasn’t the first time Whitman’s mistreatment of her staff cost her employer money – and it wasn’t the first time she tried to keep it secret either.

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Brown Announces Clean Energy Jobs Plan

Brown For Governor Campaign

MOUNTAIN VIEW  – Calling it the “key to our economic future,” California Attorney General Jerry Brown today proposed an eight-point action plan for investment in renewable energy technology and the creation of more than half a million green jobs.
 
“Investments in clean energy produce two to three times as many jobs per dollar as gas, oil or coal.  And dollars invested in clean energy tend to stay in California, instead of going to other states or other countries,” Brown told several hundred technology executives at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in Mountain View. “Clean energy jobs and businesses have grown much faster than the economy as a whole in the past fifteen years, and have continued to grow even during the economic downturn.”

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