The California media would rather focus on Meg Whitman’s household than on Jerry Brown’s record. It’s been 28 years since he was Governor and our memories grow dim.
To give you some sense of what Californians thought of the Democrat after his tenure in office, consider this. 1982 was a Democratic year. Jerry Brown had opted not to run for a third term, but instead took a shot at the Golden State’s open Senate seat. S.I. Hayakawa, the iconoclastic incumbent, was stepping down.
Brown faced off against the then-immediate past Mayor of San Diego, Pete Wilson who had (then) never previously held statewide office. The then-incumbent Governor didn’t even clear 45% of the vote, losing by nearly 7 points and winning only 5 (of 58) counties (including the City of San Francisco). He mustered 3,494,968 votes, 300,000 voters fewer than did Tom Bradley, the Democratic candidate for Governor that year.
Help Meg Whitman do in 2010 what Pete Wilson did just shy of 30 years ago.