California Attorney General Jerry Brown is facing a surprising new
challenger in the Democratic primary for the governorship: MoveOn.org co-founder Peter
. The prominent liberal advocacy group has been a player in
Democratic politics since its 1998 founding (the name references a
desire to "move on" from President Clinton's impeachment controversy).
MoveOn, which Schurman led from 2001 to 2005, has at times attracted
criticism, as it did with a 2007 New York Times ad calling General David
Petraeus "General Betray Us," which provoked angry congressional
hearings. Does Schurman have a shot?
- What's His Platform?
The Associate Press' Juliet Williams reports,
"He says the Democratic nominee must take bold stands, such as forcing
corporations and the rich to pay their fair share. He supports raising
taxes and ending the two-thirds vote requirement to pass budgets."
It's a 'Poison Pill' Long Shot The San Francisco Weekly's Peter Jamison doubts this
will work. "Schurman will face long odds against Brown, who with his
name recognition and fund-raising prowess has long been considered the
prohibitive front-runner in the Democratic primary for governor, forcing
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, an early contender, to withdraw from
the race. And while MoveOn rose to prominence through its stance against
the Iraq War, the Internet-based political movement has long since
jumped the shark," he writes. "But don't count this poison pill of a
gubernatorial candidate out just yet -- these are the Democrats, after
- Schurman's Candidacy Not Serious The Los Angeles
Times' Anthony York sees the
Democratic primary as little more than a technicality. "It may appear
that Democrat Jerry Brown has an unfettered path to the November
election. But technically, that's not true." This is basically down to
Brown and the two Republican candidates. "The only candidate outside the
Big Three to open a campaign account is Democrat Richard Aguirre, who
reports just over $14,000 in the bank."
- Brown Isn't Sweating
This CNN's Paul Steinhauser profiles
the attorney general's cool confidence. "Brown, California's attorney general and former
two-term governor from 1975-1983, is currently the only major candidate
in the running for the Democratic nomination. Brown campaign press
secretary Sterling Clifford tells CNN that the campaign remains very
confident that Brown will be his party's nominee for governor."
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