For symbolic reasons, if for no other.
It’s like this every night:
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Our Attorney General and Governor-elect Jerry Brown just held a presser at his Campaign Headquarters in Oakland. It seems he’s already On The Job.
He said he’ll head down to San Diego for a funeral for a police officer but then he’ll fly to Sacramento to get going with work tomorrow.
And reporters are already adressing him as “Governor.”
Read below for a few notes.
El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:
Yesterday’s election paves the way for a lot of hard work up ahead.
I’ve already met this morning with leaders in the Senate and Assembly.
I’m going to get to work in Sacramento starting tomorrow.
We’ll have no new taxes unless it’s clear that’s Californians want them.
The “breakdown in Sacramento will pave the way for a breakthrough.”
I’ll be working hard to find waste or low-priority spending in state government.
I told people, “If you want frugality, I’m your man.”
I didn’t create this mess in Sacramento but I’ll do whatever I can to fix it.
I’m going to pare down the budget as much as I can.
I won’t be making specific proposals until I officially take over as Governor.
I have long-lived fore-bearers - my grandmother died at 96 and I have another close relative who’s alive at 98. It would be presumptuous for me to talk about serving as Governor four years from now.
Let’s get off this Chief of Staff stuff, reporters, let’s not talk about it too much. I want to flatten the Administration. Let’s make government more responsive and more coherent.