The Madeleine Brand Show for November 10, 2010

California's next first lady: Anne Gust Brown

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California Governor-elect Jerry Brown (R) kisses his wife Anne Gust-Brown after speaking to supporters as he celebrates his win during an election night party at Fox Theatre on November 2, 2010 in Oakland, California.

Jerry Brown probably won't hire a chief of staff when he moves up to the Governor's office in January. He already has a top aide and manager: his wife, Anne Gust Brown. A former corporate lawyer who worked as in house counsel at the Gap, she was said to guide Brown's tenure as Attorney General and his gubernatorial campaign. Will Gust bring focus to Brown's third term? Joe Mathews reports.

Joe Mathews is the Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It.


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