When, at the 2008 California Democratic convention, I managed to ask (see photo) Jerry Brown if he planned to run for governor in 2010, he mumbled an evasive non-answer.
Today, former and would-be Gov. Brown all-but-answered that question when he addressed 1,000 Los Angeles County Federation of Labor members by sharply proclaiming:
“The only powerful force is organized labor to combat the selfishness, the elitism, and the insensitivity of the people who rip us off and then go scot free.”
While I regret that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign didn’t go the distance, count me as thrilled to see Jerry Brown once again throw his hat into the California governor’s race. The man says it exactly like it is, and he’s fearless and relentless in both word and deed.
While Jerry purportedly has $12 million in campaign coffers, he’ll need that and much more to combat the vast personal fortune of top Republican contender Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO. As of now, Brown is the only viable Democratic candidate in the race.
Contribute via his campaign website at Jerry Brown 2010. The last thing our battered, beleaguered state needs in 2010 is another famous Republican with absolutely no experience in elected office.
No word yet when Brown will formally declare his candidacy; the filing deadline for gubernatorial contenders is March 17, 2010.
As a party delegate, I’ll be attending and participating in the 2010 California Democratic Convention, set in Los Angeles for April 16-18. Jerry Brown will undoubtedly exert a major presence at the convention, and will deliver one of the keynote speeches.
Check back here often for gubernatorial race news, and for my coverage of the convention.