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Rick Caruso crosses party lines, backs Jerry Brown for governor

January 5, 2010 |  9:30 pm

L.A. mega developer Rick Caruso, the billionaire creator of the Grove and the Americana developments, is a Republican who has been talked about as a candidate for mayor. The Times' Patt Morrison spoke with him recently about his decision to endorse Democrat Jerry Brown for governor:

It was Brown’s performance as Oakland mayor that got Caruso’s attention: "That’s what really got me focusing on the importance a mayor can make in a city. I think Jerry did a great job in Oakland. Great job. And that’s why I’m going to support him as governor. And I’m going to probably piss off a lot of my Republican friends, which is fine. But Jerry -- I’m eager to see him have a chance. He’s a great guy. He’s a fun guy. Very smart"

Read more at the Opinion L.A. blog and look for Patt's full Q & A with Caruso in Saturday's Op-Ed pages.