California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced he will run for governor.
The Los Angeles Times: "Brown, 71, a former two-term governor of California from 1975 to 1983, attempted to contrast himself with his Republican opponents, particularly Meg Whitman, the former EBay chief who has never held office before. ... Brown also sought to use voters' frustration with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who came into office without having been elected before the 2003 recall, to argue against repeating that pattern with Whitman, and to a lesser degree, the other GOP contender, one-term Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. 'Some people say that if you've been around the process, you can't handle the job, that we need to go out and find an outsider who knows virtually nothing about state government, 'Brown said. 'Well we tried that, and it doesn't work. We found out that not knowing is not good.' "
Brown was a vocal foe of Proposition 8, refusing to defend the initiative in court and filing amicus briefs with the California Supreme Court in which he declared it violated the state and federal Constitution. Whitman, the likely Republican challenger, supported Prop 8 and still doesn't believe gays are equal under the law.
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