Update: October 31, 2007: After writing this posting, I received an email from the "Garamendi 2010 Committe" John Garamendi is the Lt. Governor of California, and I did, indeed, forget to include him in the race for Governor in 2010. I've always liked the guy, and believe he would be a tough opponent to anyone running in the Democratic Primary for Governor. (www.garamendi.org)
In the event both men actually do run in the Democratic Primary for Governor of California in 2010, Jerry Brown will have the edge.
Californians have always loved the unique in politics.
The golden state has had such unique elected personalities as former dancer George Murphy, Cal-Berkeley linguist H.I. Hiwaykawa, John Tunney (Son of loved Heavyweight Boxing champion, Gene Tunney) and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger, among the historically important Earl Warren, and Alan Cranston(who warned America during Hitlers rise, with his own book called "Mein Kampf" by Alan Cranston during the 1930s).
Although Mayor Villaraigosa has gone through his personal life difficulties, and along with it, plenty of negative publicity, as a result of an out-of-wedlock affair, he is still well liked as Mayor, and has a big following outside of his natural Latino voting base.
Attorney General Brown has always had healthy support from the Hispanic community on a statewide basis. Although in a Mano-a-Mano contest with the LA Mayor, these votes would most likely split in his favor, Jerry could hold his own, and carry Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.
If other well known candidates also run, such as Bill Lockyer, they will split the votes even more, thus giving the former Governor, Jerry Brown a third term...30 years later.
Jerry being a little older than the post WW II generation will also bring along the baby boomer group (at least those who still have long term memory) and could be sworn in as the most experienced Governor to ever take office, again, during this modern era.
The issues may change somewhat, in a couple of years, but Jerry has already pushed the envelope on global warming, as Attorney General, and is still very well liked around the state.
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