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Endorsements Galore!

On the heels of today’s exciting Field Poll – which shows Jerry ahead of eMeg by ten full percentage points – comes yet another endorsement announcement, this time from the California leg of famed environmental group the Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club joins a flurry of other organizations, publications, and elected officials that have all publicly stated Jerry would be the best person to serve as our state’s next Governor.

Did you know that almost every major newspaper in the state has come out for Jerry? This includes not only the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Sacramento Bee, but also the Fresno Bee, Merced Sun-Star, leading Spanish-language outlet La Opinion, and of course, his own town’s Oakland Tribune. Even eMeg’s hometown paper, the San Jose Mercury News, thinks Jerry’s the better candidate for the job.

Elected officials, from national leaders like President Bill Clinton and Senator Dianne Feinstein to local Californians like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez have all announced their support for Jerry.

They join myriad public safety groups and individuals, including LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, the California Police Chiefs Association, and the Peace Officers Research Association, the largest statewide organization representing public safety personnel in the nation.

And lest we forget the women’s groups I discussed earlier this week: Everyone from Planned Parenthood to the National Organization for Women back Jerry over his female opponent.

For a more comprehensive list, visit our endorsements page. Once there, you can even add your own!

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Why Jerry’s a Better Choice to Defend Women’s Rights Than His Female Opponent

The media may have buzzed with uncertainty over what would happen when eMeg and Jerry shared a stage with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Women’s Conference yesterday, but our guy exceeded expectations and delivered a stunning performance.

The crowd of more than 14,000 (mostly female) attendees erupted into applause after Jerry pledged to remove all negative advertising should our opponent do the same. When eMeg failed to agree, however, the audience responded less than favorably.

This isn’t the first time a majority of women seemed to prefer Jerry. In fact, in a recent Los Angeles Times/USC poll, Jerry led among female voters by 21 percent. And when asked which candidate was more truthful, women chose Jerry over eMeg by a 25 percent margin.

In other words, us girls aren’t fooled by her fibs.

Women have other reasons to come together in support of Jerry, though. As Governor, he named females to nearly one-third of the state’s posts, more than any of his predecessors. He also signed a flurry of bills protecting women in the workplace, including laws that prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of gender and granted state benefits during pregnancy.

eMeg, on the other hand, can add reproductive rights to her long list of election season flip-flops. After announcing her candidacy, she claimed she was pro-choice, telling the San Francisco Chronicle that she supported public funding for abortions.

Not long after, she circulated mailers throughout the state touting her opposition to federally-funded abortions while attacking her primary opponent, Steve Poizner, for having a “100 percent pro-choice rating” from Planned Parenthood.

Maybe that’s why groups like the National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice California have soundly endorsed Jerry.

As a California woman, I couldn’t agree with them more.

For footage from Jerry and eMeg’s exchange at The Women’s Conference, click to watch the video below.

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Three Strikes, She’s Out

Jerry and eMeg faced off in their final of three debates on Tuesday night. And I have to hand it to him—our guy has taken the trifecta.

Moderated by Tom Brokaw, who’s no stranger to asking tough questions, Jerry remained direct, engaging, and on-message for the duration of the evening while his opponent struggled and failed to derail him with false attacks.

eMeg opened her arguments with a glowing discussion of how her family was lucky enough to achieve the “California Dream.” I think I heard the person next to me groan out loud.

Doesn’t the California Dream suggest a rags-to-riches, failure-to-success, against-the-odds struggle? White Collar Whitman graduated from Princeton before assuming a series of high-powered business executive roles. Doesn’t exactly conjure up an image of Horatio Alger washing up on the shore with nothing in his pocket.

Following the depiction of her family’s humble rise to the top, eMeg began her first of many barrages against the state of our state. It’s true that California has seen better times; the entire country has. But by the way she discussed our situation,  you’d think the entire west coast was coated in a layer of radioactive sludge.

Jerry, on the other hand, opened with a much more positive discussion about our state’s potential, its 38 million residents, its history of growth and innovation. It reminded me of arriving in San Francisco after college with nothing but two suitcases and taking in the Pacific coastline for the first time, filled with a sense of possibility.

I’d rather be inspired than anxiety-addled, and I’ll bet the majority of Californians agree with me.

However, our next leader will have to face the unfortunate reality of 12.8 percent unemployment, and one thing both candidates agree on is the importance of job creation to our state’s future.

The similarities stop there. When Brokaw asked how each gubernatorial hopeful would create jobs, Jerry talked about his pioneering, detailed plan to expand the clean energy sector and invest in green technologies.

eMeg, on the other hand, peppered more bleak statistics with that pesky capital gains tax promise again. I have discussed at length how flawed this proposal would be for our state. When Jerry pointed this out to her, however, she back-peddled into a pre-packaged theory about how a tax on capital gains is a tax on jobs.

I fail to see how eliminating a multi-millionaire business owner’s tax on his stock purchases would inspire him to do anything more than buy a house in Tahoe. I therefore appreciated Jerry’s explanation that removing the capital gains tax would only benefit California’s wealthiest demographic, after which he asked, “Ms. Whitman, how much would you save?”

eMeg tried to hit back by touting her record as a job creator at eBay. But she conveniently dodged the fact that in her last year at the company, she walked away with $120 million while just months later, eBay laid off 10 percent of its work force.

When job discourse transitioned into budget talk, Jerry reiterated his promise to begin negotiations as early as November. eMeg, as usual, offered no specifics as she tried to peg herself as a newcomer with a fresh approach.

Don’t forget that under the leadership of another political outsider, the legislature finished this year’s budget almost four months late. I simply don’t believe someone who has never balanced a state budget before will do a better job than someone familiar with the idiosyncrasies involved.

Ditto for pension reform. Jerry discussed the need for a two-tiered pension system and his willingness to bargain with labor groups. Again, eMeg tried to play the independence card. But the unexplained elephant in the room—her exemption of public safety workers from any form of pension adjustment—proves that, contrary to a popular phrase of hers, she may indeed “owe something to someone.”

In fact, for all her insistence that she’s running an autonomous campaign, our opponent conveniently dodged another truth. Last week, the Los Angeles Times published the appropriately titled, “Donations to Whitman undercut her no-special-interests claim.” The piece included a report that eMeg has actually collected more in outside donations than Jerry.

That didn’t stop her from pouring an additional $20 million into her effort just this week, shattering her own spending record.

No matter what reality distortions eMeg presents within the confines of a 60-second debate response, the fact remains that she simply did not bother to vote or show any glimmer of political interest for almost 30 years. Brokaw rightfully questioned her on it, and she responded with the same sheepish apology she always gives.

Regardless of party, positions, and personal philosophies, you will never convince me to vote for a person who didn’t care to vote herself. That’s like hiring someone to perform open-heart surgery who couldn’t be bothered to go to medical school.

I hope voters think long and hard about this. After all, perhaps the only true statement eMeg made during the entire debate came when she said Californians need to look at what the two candidates have done, and not at what they have said.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

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The Central Valley Says Jerry

Another guest post from Felix Mitchell, who helped plan the rousingly successful rally we held in Fresno after the debate this weekend. Take a look, and don’t forget to check out all the great pictures from the event below and on our Flickr page.

It was Saturday morning in Fresno. The Ahwahnee Warriors, a middle school football team, were getting ready to play their weekend game.

They went through their usual routine, putting on gear and listening to their coach’s pre-game speech. But an unusual air of excitement surrounded them as they buzzed about what was going to happen in their gym later that day. As I passed by the locker room, I caught a fragment of a conversation: “I can’t believe Jerry Brown is going to be here!”

Such excitement was by no means confined to middle school athletes ignoring their coach in order to catch a glimpse of what was going on outside the door. Everybody was thrilled to see and hear Jerry Brown, from the early bird volunteers who helped us set up to the estimated thousand who arrived later for our rally.

The event was a rousing success. Following speeches given in both Spanish and English by the Fresno Democratic Central Committee Chair Michael Evans, Senator Dean Florez, and Merlyn Calderon, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer introduced Jerry Brown, citing Jerry’s exemplary record fighting crime. By the time Jerry walked on stage, the crowd was chanting his name so loudly that I was worried the speakers would not go loud enough for us to hear him.

They did. Jerry spoke about water, crime, and jobs. He discussed issues that, from the response they elicited from his supporters, resonate with Fresno residents. Most obvious from his speech? The people of Fresno clearly matter to Jerry.

The rally, like the debate, was a resounding success thanks to the unsung heroes of any campaign: the student who hands in an assignment late to spend a day putting up signs, the retiree who suffers the Central Valley heat to register voters, and every person who sacrificed their Saturday morning to listen to a man speak because they believe in what he has to say.

In addition to the flourishing rally, we hosted a debate watch party in East Los Angeles that drew significant turnout.

Check out images from both gatherings below, and please consider setting aside some time this month to help with one of the many events happening near you. Join us on my.jerrybrown.org to connect with your local Volunteer Coordinator.

Supporters gather at Ahwahnee Middle School to hear Jerry speak after the Fresno debate.

Jerry’s East LA contingent comes together to watch the debate in Spanish.

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Debate One Goes To Jerry

I’ll admit it. I had a hunch Jerry would emerge victorious over eMeg at last night’s debate. He’s such a dynamic person to swap opinions with around the office, I could only imagine how he’d appear in a larger arena.

But I was pleasantly surprised by just how compelling and capable our candidate appeared next to his opponent. Throughout the conversation, Jerry remained authentic, direct, colorful, and engaging, while eMeg came off stiff, canned, and even nervous at times.

After spending a significant time researching eMeg’s pledge to abolish the capital gains tax, I’m pleased Jerry brought up the issue more than once. You can read about how dangerous this would be for California in an earlier blog post; in a nutshell, such a measure would provide even more tax breaks for the wealthiest residents while drying up funding for resources extremely important to the rest of the state, such as education and health care.

Read: eMeg and her fellow million-and-billionaires would soak in lavish returns while California’s budget continues to shrink.

In fact, it amazes me that our opponent even attempted to distinguish herself as ‘independent to special interests’ when she is clearly beholden to the interests of her affluent peers. When she tried to ding Jerry for his connection to the California labor force, Jerry rightfully pointed out that she still has yet to disclose the donors behind the Chamber of Commerce ‘slush fund’ being used to run attack ads all summer. He called for a 24-hour disclosure period; here’s hoping her camp has the integrity to make this happen.

Speaking of campaign finance, I had to cringe when eMeg declared with her signature smile that she doesn’t ‘think you can buy elections.’

Come again? Did she not pour $119 million of her own money in an effort to secure the state’s top position?

Sure, her explanation that she was spending so lavishly because voters deserve access to the truth would be great, if her ads and claims weren’t laden with inaccuracies. Sorry, eMeg, I don’t think the majority of Californians believe that your self-funded campaign has much to do with spreading the truth. That’s just another lie, this time about the act of lying. Not only a mega myth…but a meta myth.

Jerry, on the other side, was quick to point out his legendary frugality. Believe me, the man knows how to make the most of his money; I see it firsthand every day at work. I’m glad he mentioned the fact that he was the only governor in recent history to veto pay raises for state employees. He frankly and realistically answered questions about budget cuts to various state programs, a sharp contrast to eMeg’s economic fantasy land where the state magically procures resources without consequences.

Jerry made it clear that he had the breadth and depth of knowledge to face challenges like wrangling the state budget because, as a lifelong California resident and public servant, he’s experienced the state government firsthand from all angles. In addition to mentioning his plethora of leadership roles (Secretary of State, Governor, Oakland Mayor, Attorney General), it was touching to hear him discuss watching his father, California hall-of-famer Pat Brown, navigate state government starting when Jerry was just five years old.

What did eMeg have to offer in return? The same sheepish apology for her failure to vote or participate in California politics for nearly 30 years.

Issues aside, their overall stage presence was miles apart. I want a leader who will discuss his positions comfortably and dynamically, giving me incentive to sit up and pay attention. Jerry peppered his arguments with entertaining asides and his quintessential quips (catch some of the highlights in the video below). I appreciated the human element that came through even while he navigated complicated issues. eMeg did offer up one stab at humor, something about Dracula and a blood bank, but it fell flat and just made me feel kind of uncomfortable.

Myriad media outlets agree with me, including conservative columnist Debra Saunders, who frequently leans towards right-wing candidates. And the Sacramento Bee online readers poll has Jerry winning by a mile – as I write this, he’s ahead 75 percent to eMeg’s 16.

I may be prone to hyperbole, but as a newcomer to working in the political world, I was simply dazzled by our guy’s debate performance. And that statement is no exaggeration.

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The Importance of Truth

Call me young and idealistic, but I wanted to work for a political campaign because I care about issues. While pension policy doesn’t exactly get my heart racing, I’m passionate about immigration reform, our school system, LGBT equality, and civil liberties. I believe Jerry Brown is the best candidate to steer California toward a better future because my personal philosophies align with his vision.

Not all voters have the time to study candidates’ records. Often times, large segments of the population must rely on the limited sound-bytes they’re exposed to during commercial breaks or on a banner ad. I get that, and I also understand that sometimes campaigns must present information about their opponents.

At the very least, these fellow citizens, people who want to exercise their right to vote but haven’t pored through the nitty-gritty nuances of each issue, should be dignified with the truth. Not affording them the opportunity to choose their next leader based on facts defeats the purpose of democracy, goes against the very ideals our country was founded upon.

Which is why I’m pretty nauseated by the Whitman camp’s refusal to remove advertisements that simply aren’t accurate. Forget about it being an insult to Jerry Brown. It’s an insult to Californians who deserve to make informed choices.

In just one week, the Associated Press, the LA Times, the San Jose Mercury News, Factcheck.org, and the California Department of Finance – all non-partisan organizations – exposed blatant lies in Meg Whitman’s advertisements and campaign messages.

As a former journalism student, I know that the media reports the news with the main goal of telling the audience the truth. Reporters must leave their personal biases behind. In this case, neutral publications have pursued the facts, and found them at odds with what’s being churned out in massive quantities by eMeg et. al.

And here’s the most appalling part: Even after each of these outlets released their stories, the Whitman campaign still won’t to pull the false ads.

Jerry has built his career in politics, and when you spend your life in front of the camera, you’re opening yourself up to being called a lot of things. But one thing you can never call Jerry Brown is a liar. He is a straight-talking, fair-playing guy. That’s one of the reasons I admire him so much.

Our most recent ad speaks to this. No distorted reports from two decades ago. No unfounded attacks. No flip-flops. Just Jerry, facing the camera, telling voters straight-on how he will guide our state. Watch it below and see for yourself.

Fellow Californians are entitled to know the truth. We deserve better than what we’re getting from Whitman.

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The Real Meaning of Labor Day

This Labor Day weekend, while you’re barbecuing by your in-laws’ pool, enjoying your three-day weekend, and feeling lucky that hurricane season rarely hits the west coast, take a moment to remember the real reason we’re commemorating a national holiday…

It’s officially the start of campaign season!

I kid, I kid. But many of you have been wondering when Jerry Brown’s campaign will kick into high gear, and we’d like to remind you that Labor Day has historically been the starting point for most major political campaigns. To that end, stay tuned for a big announcement from us early next week.

Curious now? Be sure to sign up for our email list if you haven’t already, and you’ll be among the first to know.

Politics aside, it’s important to recognize the real meaning behind labor day. California’s labor force is some 18 million people deep. If we were our own country, our economy would fall between seventh and tenth largest in the world. Unfortunately, due to the current economic climate, our statewide unemployment rate has risen above 12 percent.

Doesn’t this seem like a good time to remind you of Jerry Brown’s comprehensive jobs plan?

So enjoy your pool time, and sympathize with your east coast friends taping their windows up in anticipation of Earl. But be sure to also take a moment out of your day to remember fellow Californians who work hard to keep this state operating, and those who expend endless amounts of energy looking for work, too.

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