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Steve Lopez: Jerry Brown, his wife and that weird fundraising challenge

TalkBackLopez_187x105I keep asking myself why Jerry Brown is running for governor, and whether at some point his wife will grab him, shake him, and tell him he’s got to be out of his mind because it’s a headache neither of them needs.

But then Brown sent this e-mail to me and who knows how many other people: “Dear Steve: Earlier this week, my wife issued a challenge -- can we raise $50,000 online in one week to end the summer with a bang?”

If this is the kind of thing Brown and his wife discuss, you have to wonder whether the marriage is in trouble and she’s looking for ways to get him out of the house. JerryBrown

Brown goes on to say he’s got to do something to counter Meg Whitman’s $104-million investment in her own future, with millions more on the way.

So Brown says he’s $28,000 short of raising $1 million online, and the donor who puts him over the top will win -- are you ready? -- two tickets to his Sept. 21 debate with Whitman.

Jeez, could I trade those for tickets to Sheryl Crow at the Greek? It’s not a bad ploy, actually, Brown playing to the masses -- one step removed from begging for quarters on street corners -- while Whitman keeps cracking open that fat piggy bank of hers.

I’m going to make a $10 online donation on the chance of attending the debate to see whether the candidates can explain, for the first time, how they intend to close a $20-billion deficit and fix the state’s structural fiscal problems. It’s almost Labor Day, folks, the traditional start of the campaign sprint.

Who do you think will be our next governor, and what’s the winning recipe?

-- Steve Lopez

Photo: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown. Credit: Associated Press

 
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California, where we have the best government money can buy?

Maybe, we should just auction off the Governor's seat every four years, that would balance the budget, based on our recent track record of rich people buying votes for the office anyhow?

Steve, everyone has to do their job.

Did thugs break into the governor's office and force him to spend overbudget some 20 billion dollars and outdo Gray Davis whom he replaced because of a 15 billion dollar deficit.

And the controller. What is he controlling. Just give him a rubber stamp and the budget means nothing.

Perhaps an automatic impeachment initiative might work. One month overbudget and governor and controller are out of office.

Jerry is just playing at being poor. Thanks to the deal his father made with Indonesia's murderous junta, he and his sibs get a royalty payment off every barrel of Indonesian oil (yes, oil!) that comes to California. He could be financing his own campaign, but he's intent on keeping up the blue collar charade to keep the unions happy. Ask for your $10 back, Steve.

Apparently, one candidate believes the winning recipe is to spend, spend, spend. Funny thing, I think the inside of all that cake is empty.

I don't care either way. My family and I have decided to move our business to another state. I suggest all of you do the same. California is too far gone.

Any candidate that "buys" a job - especially governor's job - that pays about $210,000 for "only" $109 million - is financially irresponsible in my book.

How did this spendthrift make her fortune? Spending 519 times more money to "buy" something that will only bring in a fraction of that amount is incredibly poor business judgement.

As a small business owner that has been in business since 1994, I wouldn't trust the state's economy to such a poor decision maker.

Don't get me wrong - Ihaven't decided on Brown yet, but I CERTAINLY am not going to vote for a person that has no concept of fiscal responsibility.

The fact that anyone, anywhere would still vote for a Republican after the mess they made from Reagan on through, with Dems always holding the bag (poor Jimmy Carter & Obama) is mystifying. What do they say abt doing something over and over and expecting a different result? If he's all we can get I gotta go w/ Brown, at least he's not one that's been raping the economy.

Jerry asked the labor unions to do his bidding. And they are. If anybody thinks he would reign them in, you are deluded.

Meg could easily have taken her billions and gone home, happily living wherever she wanted. But instead she has committed herself to taking our 'ship of state' and righting it. She has my vote.

At this point, I agree with JQ Public. If Meg's $105M++ went to help balance the budget (e.g., pay for some now defunct parks, kids or elderly services) instead of endless political ads--and worse, telemarketers--we'd be in a better place.

Anyone who pays union dues should be given a chance to win free tickets to that debate.

It doesn't matter who wins. Voter anger is misplaced. In L.A. and California the unions own all the politicians. Take this from someone who has worked in both political environments. Nothing gets done without the unions saying Okay. Really. Until all campaign donations are banned and we take back the airwaves THAT WE OWN to run free political ads, voters will never have a say in anything other than at election time....and like I said...it doesn't matter who wins....the system is broken. 100% broken.

What an election dilemma? We can choose a Republican woman who has no experience in government and hasn't voted for the last 28 years or we can choose a Career Politician of questionable reputation who has no plan for California's recovery. Seems to me, the citizens of CA. lose either way.

Having been subjected to a lot of nasty, negative campaign ads on the part of both camps; but especially Brown's I no longer have a candidate I can support. I'll have to sit this one out. Wish Jan Brewer could be our governor too!

Am I the only one who finds absolutely hilarious that Meg Whitman has spent 104 million and counting on her campaign and yet she's only tied with Jerry Brown?!? Yes, Jerry has some money in the bank and the unions have spent some on his behalf but all that money is miniscule compared to what Meg's spent so far...

Jerry Brown has my vote. He has held his own against a very big spender, while doing a great job as a attorney general. I think he has done a great job of leading by example.

I gotta say, I think it was a smart email by the Brown compaign. It´ll get me to donate at least.

I trust Brown immeasurably more than Whitman. She´s buying the office; Brown is actually running for office.

I gotta say, I think it was a smart email by the Brown compaign. It´ll get me to donate at least.

I trust Brown immeasurably more than Whitman. She´s buying the office; Brown is actually running for office.

rumpole, whitman's buying power, not a 200k job. if she wins this, she will go after the white house next.

If you ask if there is any winner here.. NONE.

If you ask if there is any loser here... YES, CALIFORNIANS.

Such a State with so much potentials.. yet we can't come up with any better people to provide California with a leadership.. this is SAD.. really SAD.

you democraps make me puke! you repubs do the same. you have to be a moron, and many of you are, to trust any of them.... we need a revolution.

Jerry Brown? I thought about voting for him, until I remember how seniors were taxed out of their homes in the 70's and California reserves were full of $$$ that were wasted in social programs instead of updating our infrastructure. I remember how he opposed Prop 13, and after it passed, how he favored it. Then, we have Meg. What are we supposed to do? Leave this State, I suppose.

Steve Lopez, Are you legal or illegal?

Since L A and The L A Times are sanctuary proponents, I will continue to ask this question until you change your stance. After that time, I will just assume that every hispanic in the County is either a citizen or a LEGAL IMMIGRANT.

If Whitman spends her own money so carelessly, imagine how she will spend our money. I see no good solution except severe austerity: close half the schools because most of the kids are learning nothing anyway; put the prisoners to work in the fields; put punitive taxes on all big businesses that exported jobs or hired illegal labor; throw the fools who ruined our economy into prison.

Neither candidate appeals to me so I plan on withholding my vote in regards to the office of governor ... California is gone and if it wasn't for a custody agreement issue I'd be another state .

I CAN TELL U THAT JERRY BROWN WON'T NONE OF THE CHURCH FOLKS WIL VOTE FOR HIM, NONE OF THE REAL FOLKS WILL VOTE FOR HIM, PEOPLE WHO LOVES CALI WIL NOT VOTE FOR HIM; AND WE ALL KNOW THE CRAZY CRAZY FOLKS DON'T LIKE HIM AT ALL SO THEY WON'T VOTE FOR HIM. HE IS BEGGING FOR DONATATIONS NOW BEFORE HE EVEN GET TO BE GOV. AGAIN, HE DIDN'T DO ANY THING WHEN HE BECAME GOV. OF CALI BEFORE AND HE WERE MUCH MORE YOUNGER AND ALERT,, HE IS OLDER AND WORN HE IS TOO TIRED TO BE gOV.... NOW TO SUM IT ALL UP.............I DONOT BELIEVE JERRY BROWN IS GOING TO BE GOV. OF CALI. EVER AGAIN, OR WE WILL ALL DO ANOTHER RECALL MOVE

 
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