Hillary Clinton's 2016 ill wind may be blowing in from the West, as it is being speculated that California's four-term Gov. Edmund G. " Jerry" Brown has his eye on the Democratic nomination and the White House.
Brown triumphed in the midterm election, which saw him stomp his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, with 59.6 percent of the vote to Kashkari's 40.4 percent, according to the official vote count
Now, Brown, who has stated he will not seek another term as California governor, is out raising money again for his re-election committee, the Los Angeles Times
reports, but the question is, re-election to what?
Brown, said to still have $21 million left over in his campaign account , is hosting a $5,000-per-ticket reception in Sacramento.
He has said he intends to use the remaining money to battle for ballot initiatives, but has not specified which initiatives, the Times reports.
Lobbying firm Capitol Advocacy is playing an organizing role in the Monday event, and the firm's business heavy-hitter clients, including PepsiCo, Corrections Corporation of America, T-Mobile USA, WellCare Health Plans, Pacific Compensation Insurance Co. and Diageo, are expected to be among those attending, the Times reports.
"The most noticeable obstacle to a Brown candidacy is his age. Although he was the youngest governor in California's history when he was first elected in 1974, at age 36, Mr. Brown is now the state's oldest governor ever. In November 2016, he will be 78, meaning that he would conclude his first term in the Oval Office at 82," Dan Schnur, director of the University of Southern California's Unruh Institute of Politics, wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
On "Real Time," comic Bill Maher noted that Brown had turned the state's stumbling economy around as governor, and said, "If Jerry Brown was 55, that accomplishment in this giant state would have Democrats hyping him for president. But they're not. Because he's 76, and ageism is the last acceptable prejudice in America."
"Jerry Brown may be 76, but he runs 3 miles a day and does yoga, whereas the only exercise Chris Christie gets is pumping the nacho cheese dispenser," Mahr commented.
It would be the fourth run for the presidency by Brown. NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," during a discussion of who might challenge Hillary Clinton, "I still think the person that is most likely to do this is going to be Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown's resume with the left and populist movement is as strong, if not stronger," than Clinton's, Brietbart
Schnur, however, told the Journal, "The bigger obstacle for Mr. Brown is that his brand of centrism has no logical place in a 2016 primary field. Mr. Brown's insistence on budget cuts that frustrated his party's legislators, his unwillingness to ban fracking and his continued interest in revamping California's environmental regulations make him an unlikely flag-carrier for progressive primary voters."
Brown's office declined to comment.
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