California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are running neck and neck in this year’s election season. By the numbers Whitman should be far ahead, but Brown had held the line in the face of torrential spending by the Whitman campaign, which has already spent $104 million of her own money in the last year. Brown hasn’t been terribly visible as of yet and Democrats are growing impatient for him to give them a reason to vote for him. Now that we’re closing in on Labor Day and the traditional start of the election season, has Jerry Brown been employing the rope-a-dope strategy to stretch his campaign coffers, or is he relying on his California political legacy to put him back in the governor’s mansion for a 2nd term? What is his strategy and will it work?
Carla Marinucci, political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle