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Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown is on a roll

November 19, 2012 |  9:23 am


SkeltonTwo years ago, when Gov. Jerry Brown was 72, he successfully challenged a reporter to a pull-up contest. (Brown did a dozen, one more than his goal of 11.) 

He'll be 76 if he decides to seek reelection in 2014, but George Skelton says in Monday's column that this years' campaigns shows Brown is up to the task. 

"Here's the lofty perch on which the Democrat currently rests: He's the most politically fit California governor at this stage of his tenure since Earl Warren back in World War II," Skelton writes.

Despite doubts about his strategy, Brown convinced voters to pass Proposition 30, his tax-hike plan that averted billions in cuts to public schools. Now a primary challenge from within his own party is unlikely, and Republicans don't seem to have a credible candidate of their own, Skelton writes. 

"His future is on the upswing," he says, adding, "Brown is in an extraordinary position to perform great deeds."

All of Skelton's columns are here.


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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown at a press conference in Los Angeles. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press