Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown's new push for high-speed rail: Get old people off the road
03/18/2014 10:50 AM
03/18/2014 11:04 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown has a new argument for high-speed rail: Get senior citizens off the road.
"There's a lot of old people who shouldn't be driving," the Democratic governor joked at a dinner hosted by labor leaders in Sacramento on Monday night. "They should be sitting in a nice train car working on their iPad, having a martini."
Brown, who will turn 76 next month, has other means of transportation, as he is chauffeured by a California Highway Patrol officer. He has made high-speed rail a priority of his administration, despite legal setbacks, funding uncertainty and a fall-off in public support.
Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari, the two main Republicans bidding to unseat Brown this year, have hammered him on the project.
But Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman and Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, are little known to the electorate, and the prospects of either beating Brown in this Democratic-leaning state are slim.
Brown suggested as much Monday.
"I won't talk about my opponents," he said, "because most of you don't know their names."
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