The Legacy of California Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown

Since 1970, Jerry Brown has run for office for a record 12 times. The current governor of California is expected to exit the stage next year never to return. He has now transformed into a senior statesman who will most likely be viewed as a role model to the person who succeeds him. In every elected position, successors often promise to do better than the people who came before them. However, the case is quite different for the candidate who will replace Mr. Brown. A recent study carried out by the Los Angeles Times in association with USC Dornsife returned a tepid reaction for the California governor. For instance, his job approval ratings stand at 44 percent according to the people of California. Out of the people who were surveyed, 33 percent said that he had not left an impression on them in any way. However, this is quite understandable for a man who disappears for weeks. However, he has emerged in the last few weeks to explain the dangers of climate change to the world. Other than this, this is a man who is known to govern behind the scenes. The Los Angeles Times asked its readers whether the next governor should continue with the agenda of the current governor.

Out of those that responded, 50 percent said that they saw it fit for the next governor to continue with Mr. Brown’s agenda. At the same time, the Times discovered that 71 percent of the respondents were Democrats. The same was true for other subsets that included young voters, Latino voters and millennial voters with a college degree. They said that they were okay if the next governor carried on. The respondents also picked their favorite candidate. This included the candidate they think will carry Mr. Brown’s agenda quite well. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was on top of the list as he was picked by 49 percent of the respondents. Another 26 percent went for Antonio Villaraigosa, a former LA Mayor. Treasurer John Chiang acquired just 14 percent of the respondents’ votes. Mr. Newson has been a close friend of Mr. Brown for a while. The two have known each other for generations and have been part of San Francisco politics together. Just last week, he repeated a line that showed that he supported Governor Brown and all that he had achieved. He said that a governor doesn’t have to be profligate to be progressive.