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Moonbeam & the media

This weekend, while doing cardio, I watched a brief report on the local news (sorry, wasn’t paying attention to the network) about the gubernatorial race.  They were telling us that the Republican nominee, former eBay CEO Meg Whiiman, had already spent a record amount in her bid to succeed the Governator.  Interestingly, while it seemed they were trying to spin the report against that good woman, the visuals helped her more than her rival, former two-term California Governor Jerry Brown.

She looked energetic and upbeat; he looked dour and downbeat.  She was speaking to a racially mixed crowd of women.  He was walking through an empty office devoid of workers (a symbol for the state’s economy?).

That said, I was waiting to hear news about the secrecy surrounding Jerry Brown’s pension — something that they would surely cover if the candidate had an (R) after his name.  As Roger Simon puts it:

What’s troubling in all this is not that Brown makes a good pension — or even than there may be some discrepancy about how much he makes versus how much he deserves. It is that the whole thing is SECRET! (rare use of caps and exclam very deliberate).

Now, you can bet that Whitman’s people are doing the work the California media (outside Orange County) won’t do and are looking into this.  And since local TV will likely not touch it, guess it’s a good thing Brown’s challenger is spending a record amount on her campaign.

It has been interesting to note that all of the ads (that I’ve seen) promoting Brown (funded, in part, through California taxpayers) attack Whitman while half of hers attack the career politician (noting how public employee unions, among other liberal special interests, fund the attacks) while the remainder outline her vision for the (once and future) Golden State.



  1. “Pat” Brown, Jerry’s father lost to Ronald Reagan in 1966. That race produced one of the great bumper stickers in the infancy of bumper stickers:

    “If it’s Brown, Flush it.”

    Comment by heliotrope — August 16, 2010 @ 9:42 am - August 16, 2010

  2. Why is Moonbeam Brown keeping his pension secret? What does he have to hide? Whitman’s campaign is correct in going after the exposure of his pension.

    Heliotrope, I love the Reagan bumper sticker, “If It’s Brown, Flush It.” 1966 was before my time; I was born is 1972.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 16, 2010 @ 3:19 pm - August 16, 2010

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