The Buzz: Brown’s challengers travel far and wide

11/23/2013 12:00 AM

11/22/2013 10:48 PM

Brown’s challengers travel far and wide

While Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a projected state budget surplus and raises money for his re-election effort, his Republican challengers are looking for stimulation farther afield.

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado left Friday for Honduras, where he will participate as an international observer in that country’s presidential election. He will then travel to Guatemala for meetings with elected officials before returning to California on Wednesday, adviser Ron Nehring said.

The candidate is interested in “human trafficking, the drug trade and associated violence, confronting corruption and promoting economic growth and trade,” his campaign said in a release.

Meanwhile, Tim Donnelly is in Scottsdale, Ariz., for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. The group’s leader is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Donnelly, a tea party favorite, said despite disagreeing with the more moderate Christie on any number of policy issues, “I think he does have some insights that I can learn from.”

Asked what those might be, Donnelly said, “How he won in a state that’s completely dominated by the other party.”

– David Siders

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