Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 158
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 158

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
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1! My Name's Jem nil I'm Ruriio lor President' SACRAMENTO, CAL. A t 38 Jerry Brown wants to be President of the United States. He has, since January, 1975, been Governor of California. During that relatively short time he has become the most popular governor in the history of his state. J His popularity is based more on style than substance, more on rhetoric than policy. He is the kind of man who, when asked for the time, tells you how to take a watch apart. What Californians seem to like best about him is his seemingly ascetic lifestyle. For example, Edmund Gerald (Jerry) Brown Jr. refuses to live in the $1.3 million Governor's Mansion, the Sacramento Taj Mahal built for his predecessor, former Hollywood film star Ronald Reagan, jerry instead lives in a $250 apartment within walking distance of his capitol office. He drives about in a Plymouth sedan, a sharp contrast to the Cadillac limousines used by Reagan. Early in his administration he ended the free distribution of briefcases to bureaucrats, saving the state $153,000. He works hard Jerry Brown is never photographed playing tennis or golf or cantering a horse. The image he projects is of a crusader working 12 to 20 hours a day on behalf of the people who elected him. And the vast majority of Californians (85 percent, according to the polls) believe it's correct. They think him fearless, frugal, nonpolitical, honest, boyishly candid, and morally straight. Brown, in turn, believes he can project that image nationwide, which is why he is running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. In order for young Jerry Brown, a late starter in the Democratic race--he declared his Presidential ambition March 12,1976--to win, the following scenario will have to be enacted: Jimmy Carter, the Georgia peanut king and acknowledged leader in the primaries, arrives at the national convention in New York City next month with less than 1505 votes in the bag. If Carter shows up with 1505 votes, the ball game is over, and Jerry Brown goes home or hangs around by Lloyd Shearer The question women most often ask of Governor Brown of California ( r ) is: "Why are you still a bachelor?" His answer: "Because ' consider marriage a very serious and permanent institution. No one in my family has ever been divorced." to negotiate for the Vice Presidency. If Carter, however, arrives with 1000 votes or less, falters on the first ballot and loses some of his delegate support, the Democratic party's veterans, the old-timers and, of course^ the powerful labor leaders combine forces to draft Hubert Humphrey, waiting in the wings. But those Democrats who remember Humphrey's timid obedience to Lyndon Johnson and his past sins refuse to go along with Hubert. Whereupon Jerry Brown--the bachelor Lochinvar from the Far West, the onetime Jesuit seminarian, the standard- bearer of the new truth, the espouser of the "lesser expectations" school of political economics originated by a German refugee named E.F. Schumacher--emerges as the acceptable compromise candidate. And he is off and running, leaving California in the hands of its black Lieutenant Governor, the controversial Mervyn Dymally, who is alleged to control a black political machine in which some members are said to have made large health-plan profits. The scenario is possible, but the probability of its enactment, at least at this writing, is not. It's up to Carter Jimmy Carter is the odds-on favorite to capture his party's Presidential nomination, no matter how Jerry Brown may have performed in the Maryland and Nevada primaries and no matter how well Brown does in the California primary Tuesday. Unless, of course, Carter should commit an unforgivable faux pas such as denouncing motherhood and apple pie or condoning the legalization of prostitution. Little chance of that. From here to convention time Jimmy Carter is playing it safe. Jerry Brown, however, is telling the voters: "The American people have not yet selected the person they want as President... I feel the people are looking for a new generation of leadership ... I don't sense that breadth of commitment for the other candidates, which is the reason I'm running . . . I don't sense any enthusiasm for the other candidates ... "In the sense that people are still looking for candidates, I'm offering myself ... I just want to be myself . . . I stand in Maryland for the same things that I stand for in California ... my primary goal as President would be to provide a full-employment economy ... I am providing an opportunity for a shift in power to a new generation .. . "I think it takes a new generation of leadership to place Watergate and Vietnam behind us... "I think this argument about who is

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