Jerry Brown feels the love as he heads home to Oakland on campaign's final day
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown capped his three-day, 13-city tour with a waterfront rally in Oakland on Monday, thanking supporters for their work and urging them to vote in Tuesday’s election.
“This campaign is now winding down,” Brown told the crowd in Jack London Square. “The only thing left: Go out and vote and get your neighbors to go out and vote and make sure that California sends a big message to Washington that we are still a progressive, creative state.”
Backed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Democratic ticket and cadets from his charter school, the Oakland Military Institute, Brown kept his remarks short -– finding time to take a few final shots at his Republican rival, Meg Whitman.
“This is the end of the campaign. This is a rally. This is not an academic lecture,” Brown said. “If you want my plans, go to my web page.... Whitman’s plan is mostly pictures. See, I have more respect for you. I treat you like a grownup. You can read without pictures.”
The crowd applauded. One woman shouted, “I love you!”
“Well, I love you too. I don’t know who you are, but if you love me then I love you,” Brown responded. “That’s the way this thing’s gonna work going forward. We all love each other. In fact, given all the hostility and anger and bitterness, we need a little love up there in Sacramento.”
-- Michael J. Mishak in Oakland