OAKLAND — Brown won’t say he’s running but he has campaign office
Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet said if he will run for re-election, but he told supporters in a recent note to update their records to reflect a change of address: In addition to raising about $14 million, “Brown for Governor” has a new office.
When Brown, first lady Anne Gust Brown and their dog, Sutter, arrived at The Packard Lofts building in Oakland on Wednesday, the governor – who is widely expected to run – described the space as a personal office, less “stuffy” than what he has at the Capitol or a state building.
The office projects a mix of political and state work: On a circular wood table Brown used during his first campaign for governor, in 1974, sits a list of messages left for Brown and a copy of his administration’s proposal to Boeing to persuade the aerospace giant to locate in California. Of the table, he said that in 1974, “Right around this table, I plotted.”
The fourth-floor office is full of memorabilia. On the refrigerator are stickers from his 2010 campaign for governor, and a bin of buttons from the campaign is in a bookcase by the door.
Asked if the 2010 paraphernalia isn’t dated, he said, “We’re not running yet.”
– David Siders