Tough talk from Jerry Brown’s campaign manager

As he was climbing into the car to leave today’s campaign event at Laney College, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown was asked whether his campaign has the resources to run a competitive race with mega-spending Republican nominee Meg Whitman now that a union-based independent expenditure campaign on his behalf is backing off.

“I’ve been ready for all of my life” for this campaign, he said. “In fact, I’ve been preparing myself just for this and I think I’m going to be quite successful.”

As Brown was driven away, his campaign manager, Steve Glazer, was telling reporters the campaign does have the resources to compete, while Whitman’s “brand is soiled given the type of campaign she has conducted” – that is, mostly attack ads that Glazier said are based on lies.

Glazer said his campaign estimates the average Californian has had about 180 minutes of Meg Whitman’s messaging so far – maybe 300 commercials, maybe 30 or 60 seconds each. “People have gotten the full measure of her and what she stands for,” he said.

Yet for all the money she has spent, he said – more than $100 million from her own pocket so far – she hasn’t taken a lead in the race; Real Clear Politics shows four polls taken in the past two months average out to a dead heat (although the two more recent ones have gone in Whitman’s favor).

Meanwhile, I’d snapped a few photos of the rally on my iPhone, and I assure you, the “light from above” effect was entirely unintentional…

Brown @ Laney 9-02-10

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Jason B.

    I suppose that the “light from above” was provided by the late Mother Teresa, whose 100th birthday would’ve been last week. (I believe that Mayor Brown once aided her mission in India.) Or maybe his Jesuit training is viewed favorably from “High Above.”

  • vlado

    When Brown is governor you will have:
    Electric power outages,
    government remote control of air conditioners when weather is hot
    driving allowed only on alternate days,
    heavy taxes on carbon containing fuels,
    death panels for older people needing health services,
    massive expansion of government bureaucracy,
    Sales tax of 20% or more,
    Rationing of living space — if you live in a big house you will be required and forced to “share” it with “poor” families,
    Regimentation of youth in “working brigades” for make work projects,
    General deterioration of the quality of life.

  • carol hudson

    meg w, is spending 1000,000 is ads when cal worker are out of a job. It makes me sick, to see that you guys can’t make and ad to show that. It would get you a lot of indenpend votes.

  • g l bridges

    Mr. Brown, I WAS seriously considering voting for you as I really am not that fond of Ms. Witman. However, based upon your bull Sh*t tactic that Ms. Witman may have had an illegal housekeeper in her employ? You have got to be putting me on. With over 12 mil ADMITTED illegals in the country (in reality estimated to be in excess of 20 mil) and your silence on the issue for your years a Governor and as Attorney General. Let me make this simply for you, my friend! ONE MORE VOTE FOR WITMAN. I would further hope the Hispanic vote goes with her, as she may well support job for undocumented worker, apparently your idiots do not.

  • Leslie Pricer

    Well I am one of the voters in this state. What the heck is a rep congressman from Ohio
    doing campaigning for a governor in my state??
    Let him stay in ohio where he belongs and I will now cast my vote for the opposition
    let Governor MoonBeam as we all recall try to woo us voters
    with more racy photos of him and Linda Rhondstar being cozy

    You bet the guy from Ohio did a bangup job you can count one less vote for Governor Moon Beam