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Monday, November 10, 2008
California 2010 - More Names
The Los Angeles Times today comes up for a few more names of potential candidates for California governor in 2010. These included Republican Tom Campbell and Democrats John Garamendi, Steve Westly and -- drumroll -- Dianne Feinstein. At 75, Feinstein may prefer to end her political career as a powerful member of the U.S. Senate, but the Times is probably right to say she would be an instant frontrunner if she declared an interest in being governor. And Jerry Brown, whatever his flaws as a chief executive, is always good for a quote. Reflecting on his previous two-term tenure, which ended in 1983, he tells the Times: "I can see the unintended consequences of all these 10,000 laws that a governor puts in over the course of eight years." Is this a way of saying that, if elected, he would not make the same mistakes? Sounds like a campaign slogan in the works: "Elect Jerry Brown: Older but Wiser."