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Brown says Whitman in a 'bubble'

June 10, 2010 |  1:22 pm

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown took the gloves off Thursday morning. He accused Meg Whitman, the GOP nominee, of being in a bubble of private jets, political consultants and security guards.

At a news conference with the other Democrats running for statewide office. held at a solar panel manufacturing facility in Fremont, Brown repeatedly ridiculed the way Whitman has run her campaign.

"The path forward is going to be honesty, not pamphlets and consultants’ scripted propaganda, but straight talk," Brown said. "Not flying around in private planes in a bubble of security guards and people protecting you every moment."

He mocked the 46-page magazine Whitman has produced and distributed statewide, which includes an outline of her vision for the state. He characterized it as a shallow “pamphlet” with few concrete ideas. Whitman has pointed to the glossy publication on the campaign trail to make the case that she has a plan and that Brown has been vague about what exactly he would do if elected.

"She doesn’t have a plan," Brown said. "She has a pamphlet. And most of it is pictures. … I have read your pamphlet. Let’s get together on a platform and discuss it. I’ll bring a few of my old pamphlets myself we can pore over. They won’t all be pictures either.”

Brown called Whitman “probably the most wasteful campaign spender we have ever seen in the history of California, if not America.”

-- Evan Halper in Fremont