Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jerry Brown Neglects Duties to Seek Publicity

By James Hirsen
Jerry Brown is a busy guy, but unfortunately he’s not so devoted to his present gig.
Instead of fulfilling his attorney general duties to the citizens of California, he has been seeking publicity with high-profile celebrity cases.
Brown latched onto the Anna Nicole Smith case, the death of Corey Haim, and the criminal case against Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s doctor. He even spent time on the TV couch with Dr. Phil.
When Brown dropped elder abuse cases for no apparent reason, his opponent in the governor race, Meg Whitman, issued the following statement: “Jerry Brown has been using his official office to bolster his gubernatorial run, rather than protecting California's most vulnerable citizens. Instead of going after defendants who are suspected of elder abuse, career politician Jerry Brown has chosen to pursue celebrity headlines.”
In May, a fundraiser for Brown, formerly known as “Governor Moonbeam,” took place at a trendy Hollywood nightclub on Hollywood and Vine. The event was called “Generation for Change,” a name that smacks of the 2008 Dem presidential campaign.
In addition to movie producers Alan Ladd Jr. and Jerry Zucker, a host of young actors were present at the affair, along with Hollywood’s favorite former CIA operative, Valerie Plame, and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Brown told the crowd about three problems that he must face: “Now, we got a recession, and we've got a Republican actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. So I do know how to deal with these three problems: the recession problem, the Republican problem — and the actor problem.”
Needing more cash to take care of the “problems,” Brown went to the Venice, Calif., home of Jodie Evans in August for a $500-per-person fundraiser hosted by Sally Kellerman, Bill Press, Cindy Asner (wife of Ed Asner), and Gail Zappa (wife of Frank Zappa), among others.
Evans was Brown’s treasurer for his 1980 presidential campaign, finance director for his 1982 senate campaign, executive director of his political action committee, and manager of his 1992 presidential campaign. She is also the co-founder of Code Pink, has commiserated with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and has put together trips to Gaza to support their friends in Hamas.
Evans and Code Pink even went to Iran at the personal invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
It comes as no real surprise that Brown’s first TV and radio ads are misleading.
An ad trumpets Brown’s two-time veto of state employee pay increases. But it conveniently leaves out the fact that the legislature overrode the governor's vetoes. In the end, Brown caved to somewhat smaller pay increases instead.
The ad brags about a lower tax burden, which is technically correct. However, the greatest tax relief came from voters having passed Proposition 13, the initiative that limited property tax increases and one that Brown had vehemently opposed.
Brown’s current ad touts the 1.9 million jobs that he purportedly created. But it ignores the disturbing level of unemployment he left to his successor, a staggering 11 percent.
All of this undoubtedly will come up at the first Whitman-Brown debate, which is set to take place on Sept. 28.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We received a piece of @Boxer_2010 's mail today... on Twitpic

Boxer must be wondering:  Who leaked this letter out?

Thursday, September 2, 2010