Sutter will stay put despite Kathleen Brown’s return

September 11, 2013 

The big question about Kathleen Brown’s return to California, announced Monday, was whether the former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate might run again for public office.

She won’t, she said.

“No, no thank you.”

But then there is that other matter – the family dog.

When Brown left California for Chicago following her brother’s election as governor in 2010, she was moving to an apartment and a “pretty brutal winter,” so she left her Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, in the care of her brother, Gov. Jerry Brown.

The dog became a fixture at the Capitol, and the Governor’s Office began referring to him as California’s “first dog.” Brown himself once referred to him as “half a rat.”

Kathleen Brown, who is moving to Los Angeles for a job at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, was asked if she would be taking him back.

She won’t, she said. She had previously told The Chicago Tribune that Sutter “humanizes my brother, makes him more approachable.”

“The dog is happily situated,” Brown said this week, “and I wouldn’t presume to disintermediate his celebrity status and special relationship with the first lady and the governor.”

– David Siders

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