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Jerry Brown stops by L.A. City Hall sounding unofficially gubernatorial

September 22, 2009 | 11:46 am
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown dropped by Los Angeles City Hall this morning, shaking hands with council members and appearing very much like a candidate for governor.

Brown, escorted around the chambers by Council President Eric Garcetti, has yet to officially announce he is running but said he expects to open an exploratory committee for a gubernatorial campaign in the near future.

He said the biggest challenge for any candidate will be raising enough money to knock off the two independently wealthy Republican candidates for governor, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman. Both are rich enough to “blanket the state’’ with campaign ads, he said.

Brown didn’t have much to say about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, whose campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination received a major boost earlier this month when he was backed by former President Clinton.

“These things happen,’’ Brown said. Brown and Clinton, of course, faced off in the 1992 race for the White House – and did not part on friendly terms.

-- Phil Willon at L.A. City Hall