The Buzz: Jerry Brown missed voting in a couple elections, too

January 31, 2014 

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari, above, was dinged by a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown over his voting record, but Brown has missed elections, too.

MANNY CRISOSTOMO — mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

  • Bill watch

    GOP state Sens. Anthony Cannella of Ceres and Andy Vidak of Hanford on Thursday announced a proposal to put a $9.2 billion water bond on the November ballot. That’s nearly $2 billion less than the bond legislators approved in 2009 but have yet to put to voters. Two Democrats are also working on water bonds that would cost less than the 2009 measure: Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood and Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis. The Republican proposal announced Thursday prioritizes water storage and clean drinking water.

    – Laurel Rosenhall

Jerry Brown missed voting in a couple elections, too

Gov. Jerry Brown’s political spokesman took to Twitter to trash Neel Kashkari when the Republican’s inconsistent voting record gained broader attention in recent days, and he jumped again when the shortcomings of another candidate, Tim Donnelly, came to light.

“The governor’s been a regular voter his entire life,” Dan Newman said, “and the Republicans haven’t.”

Kashkari and Donnelly missed many elections, though they have voted in most presidential and gubernatorial contests. Brown’s record over the past two decades is far superior, but not perfect. The Democratic governor has voted in 28 of 30 elections since the mid-1990s, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. One Brown missed, in 1997, involved a tax for emergency medical services. The other was more historic. Brown was mayor of Oakland when Audie Bock upset Elihu Harris, a former mayor, to win an Assembly seat in 1999. Bock became the first Green Party candidate in the nation to hold a state office. According to Alameda County, Brown didn’t vote.

Newman said Brown’s recollection is that he did vote in that election.

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“Don’t flush more than you need to.”

Gov. Jerry Brown, in Los Angeles, issuing tips for water conservation.

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