Should Jerry Brown's dog fill in for him at Sacramento Press Club?
Michael Montgomery, a former radio reporter in Sacramento, made the suggestion earlier this week to a newsletter circulated among Sacramento insiders, Capitol Morning Report.
In an interview with The Times, he said he hadn't seen Brown at the club for more than 20 years, during which the once-and-former governor has also served as mayor of Oakland and state attorney general.
Montgomery is especially miffed that Brown, to date, has avoided a regular gubernatorial ritual of addressing the press club after releasing his budget. He did not do it last year and has not scheduled an appearance this one either.
If Brown doesn't show, perhaps he'd like to send his Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, in his stead, Montgomery quipped. "My goal is to have a little fun, to get elected to the board, to have the governor come and to see the dog," Montgomery said.
His press secretary, Gil Duran, has said Brown sees no need to make news just for the sake of making news. "He's not here to entertain," Duran said in an interview late last year. "We already had a blockbuster."
He did not respond to an email about whether Sutter would appear at the press club.
-- Nicholas Riccardi in Sacramento
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown's dog, Sutter, during a stroll through the capital.
Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times