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Jerry Brown for governor

In this Dec. 4, 2009 file photo, Jerry Brown is shown at his ...

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The California gubernatorial election in November will come down to governing experience vs. big money, with former Gov. Jerry Brown (pictured above in December) representing the former.

The Los Angeles Times reports that California’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, officially will declare his candidacy for governor tomorrow:

Sacramento — Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown will formally announce Tuesday that he is running for governor, a job he last held nearly three decades ago, according to a source close to his campaign.

Brown, 71, an Oakland Democrat who does not face any serious primary election opposition, is expected to make his announcement online. He served two terms as California’s governor starting in the 1970s but is eligible to hold the office again because today’s term limits were not in effect when he first occupied the Capitol.

Brown, an enigmatic political figure whose father, Pat Brown, also served two terms as governor, is seeking to regain the state’s top job near the end of a long political career. He has won elections to the posts of secretary of state and Oakland mayor, besides his current job; waged three failed presidential runs and lost a bid for Senate. Brown has also served as the state Democratic Party chairman.

Though he had been plotting this run for two years, Brown had resisted making it official while two would-be Republican contenders have openly battled for their party’s nod. The winner of that primary contest in June, whether it be former eBay chief Meg Whitman or California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, will have substantial personal wealth with which Brown will have to contend in the general election.

Billionaire Nutmeg Whitman, who is pro-corporation and anti-environment, especially is trying to buy the governorship of California — she has pumped almost $40 million of her own money into her campaign. With the largest piggy bank and the endorsement of John McCainosaurus, she probably will be the Repugnican candidate facing Californian political legend Jerry Brown in November.

Whitman supported Mormon wingnut Mitt Romney for president before she threw her weight behind McCainosaurus after Romney didn’t win the Repugnican presidential nomination.

She supported Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry, a right that the Repugnican-dominated California Supreme Court had ruled belonged to same-sex couples under the state’s Constitution. (Nothing like altering the state’s Constitution to take some historically oppressed group’s equal human and civil rights away! Be careful if you have Dalmations, because Nutmeg will come for the puppies, too!)

Jerry Brown has opposed Prop H8 and opposes just about everything else that Megalomaniac stands for.

Brown, who is physically and mentally agile, is one of the very few people of his age who I don’t think should just retire already. (Youth is no guarantee of dynamic leadership — Barack Obama is proof of that…)

While Whitman has never held elected office, not even city council, Brown knows how to govern — he already has governed the nation’s most populous state.

We’re supposed to believe that a rich person who never has held elected office would make a great governor, but look at how great Repugnican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned out. He won the bogus recall election of 2003 on the platform of turning the state’s troubled economy around, but the state’s economic situation only has worsened on his watch.

(But that was BushCheneyCorp’s fault, you argue. Well, during the too-short recall campaign, Schwarzenegger blamed then-Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, for the state’s economic woes. So is it not fair to blame the current governor now, as Schwarzenegger did then?)

It will be interesting to see how well the state’s voters, whose primary concern is the economy, will receive billionaire Nutmeg. The corporate elite aren’t Californians’ favorite group right about now.

I surmise that Brown’s political popularity and expertise will blow Megalomaniac — whom even Schwarzenegger has criticized, perhaps especially over her corporate-profits-over-the-environment stance — out of the water in November.

Still, for me this is the most important race in November, and we progressive Californians can’t be complacent. Megalomaniac Whitman would be even more disastrous for the state than has been Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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