Brown Readies Another Run for Calif.'s Top Job

Ex-gov planning to recapture job he won 34 years and 3 White House runs ago
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2009 12:47 PM CST
Attorney General Jerry Brown discusses how his office will handle the passage of Proposition 8 during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Jerry Brown is getting ready to run for the governor's job he first tackled as a fresh-faced reformer in 1975, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 70-year-old California attorney general—like San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat—has yet to formally declare his candidacy, but most believe the question is not whether he will run, but whether Californians will consider him still relevant.

Brown, who made three failed bids for the White House after his 8 years as governor, now calls himself a  "reformed reformer." Brown's years as governor will likely loom large in the race, with the candidate playing up his solid record and his opponents trying to paint him as yesterday's man. "It's a very challenging job," Brown tells the Times. "Obviously, I think knowing a great deal about it is a real asset."