He’s Back: Jerry Brown to Declare Run for California Governor on Tuesday

Mar 1, 2010 7:15pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports:California Attorney General Jerry Brown plans to formally announce via web video on Tuesday that he's entering the race to be his state's next governor. If he wins in November, this would be a repeat performance for Brown, who was elected to the first of two terms as governor in 1974. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is barred by term limits from running again. Brown served so long ago that the state’s gubernatorial term limits law was not yet in place. Brown, a three-time presidential candidate, has raised more than $12 million and has cleared a Democratic field which at one time included San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., the state’s former lieutenant governor. Other big name Democrats who never got into the race include Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  The Republican candidates for governor of California are both exceptionally wealthy. They are former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. Back in November, while speaking to a group called Generation Change on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Brown said that he expects to be attacked as someone who is always changing. ”One of the things that I have been accused of is changing all the time,” said Brown. “You will hear that a lot when they take out ads: ‘Jerry Brown is constantly changing his mind.’” ”Well,” he continued, “if you are alive and you are listening and you are growing, you will change, because the world is changing, and if you still were where you were, you are dead.” 

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