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Former California Governor Jerry Brown Makes Comment On Texas Liberal

Former California Governor Jerry Brown made a comment on Texas Liberal today. Below you’ll find the post I made about Brown last month along with Brown’s comment from today. Brown joins Wall Of Voodoo singer Stan Ridgeway as well-known figures who have commented on this blog.

In Houston, in Texas and in all places, the rich have too much influence over the political process.

The best line I ever heard about this influence was offered by former California Governor Jerry Brown. Running for President in 1992, Brown said the Presidential race was a gong show for the rich. He said that when the rich got tired of a candidate they gonged him out.  That is great imagery.

I’ve met Jerry Brown twice. Each time he was a bit sour.

In 1976, when I was 8, I met Jerry Brown in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was campaigning in the Rhode Island primary. Brown and Senator Frank Church of Idaho had entered the race late and Rhode Island was one of the first tests involving Brown, Church and Governor Carter.I asked Brown for an autograph. He gave me the autograph, but he came off as grumpy and aloof.

The next time I met Brown was at Cincinnati City Hall during his 1992 Presidential run. I worked for a Cincinnati Councilmember at the time. Brown was in town looking for support from elected officials.  I told Brown I had met him in Rhode Island in 1976. He reminded me that he won that primary. He was, as he had been 16 years before, somewhat standoffish.

Maybe Brown just did not like me.

Brown is currently the Attorney General of California.

This entry was posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2007 at 4:45

jerry brown Says:
April 18th, 2007 at 3:55 pm e
Glad to be part of this conversation, extended over so many years. St. Ignatius said that we should be in the world but not of it. I feel the same about politics.

April 18, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Politics | 4 Comments