Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 159
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 159

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
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No. 1 and who is No. 2 between those two Republican candidates is ridiculous. We were No.1 in Vietnam but we didn't win... "In order to have a strong foreign policy, it must evolve out of a strong U.S.... Unless we provide jobs for our people, we "won't have that kind of country . . . Everybody who wants to work should be entitled to a job ... What's going to happen to the human species is the question of this campaign ... "I seek to set a tone and chart a course for this country . '. . sacrifice, commitment, confidence, a place for common sense . . . that is what I offer the people...." His oratory The above are short,succinct excerpts from Jerry Brown's campaign rhetoric. In practice the Governor of California does not talk in sentences. He talks in paragraphs. He is the most Aquinistic Governor in California history. One Hollywood agent says, "I'd like to book an act consisting of Jerry Brown, William Buckley, Eugene McCarthy and Pat Moynihan discussing the life and teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. It would be the greatest speech marathon of all time, and I predict that in the end jerry would win. He is a master of oratorical one-upmanship." Allard Lowenstein, a former Congressman from New York and one of the few men Brown trusts--another is Leroy Chatfield, his national campaign organizer--says: "Jerry Brown is the only man in the U.S. who is twice as frugal as Ronald Reagan, twice as garrulous as Hubert Humphrey, twice as intellectual as John F. Kennedy, and twice as Jesuitical as Eugene McCarthy." Michele Willens, an attractive young journalist who used to date Brown on occasion, describes him as "one of the brightest, most ironically witty men I've ever met. Also one of the most sexy. Even so," she adds, "I'm working for Jimmy Carter. My reason is that I don't think Jerry is seasoned enough to become President. At 38 he still has plenty of time. I want him to put in his four years as Governor of California [a sentiment recently voiced by seven out of 10 Californians polled on the subject] and not leave us to Mervyn Dymally. Praise for Brown "But I must say this: Jerry Brown stands head and shoulders above most of the guys running for office. Moreover, he is one of the most brilliant, completely political animals we have in this country. Surely his time for the big prize will come." Veteran observers who have studied Brown's behavior in office to date suggest that despite many of his seemingly maverick, anti-political ways, he is one of the most meticulously manipulative. carefully casual and pragmatically self- programmed politicians on the contemporary scene. Tom Hayden, Jane Fonda's husband who is running to displace incumbent John Tunney as U.S. Senator from California, wrote an article on Brown for Rolling Stone magazine a short time after Jerry was elected Governor. Hayden believes that Brown is not the whimsical, intuitive, play-it-by-ear young politician he frequently appears to be, but rather a deliberate planner who knows exactly how far he wants to go, exactly the image he wants to project. According to Hayden, "One of Jerry's great advantages is that he's covered by a generation of journalists who are pretty much his same age and who in many cases identify or empathize with him." Nancy Skelton, a perceptive reporter for the Sacramento Bee, some weeks ago wrote a lengthy piece in which she carefully analyzed and detailed Brown's dextrous and masterful manipulation of the media, his adroit and clever handling of newspersons, his affinity for hallway journalism, and his technique of making and breaking news. Learned as a child Significantly, she pointed out that Jerry Brown has been familiar with the ways of the press ever since he was 12, and with good reason. At that time his father was district attorney of San Francisco, and newsmen were part of the everyday scene. By the time Jerry was 21, his father, Edmund (Pat) Brown, an archetypal politician--warm, hearty, friendly and expansive--had been elected Governor of California, serving two terms, from 1959 to 1967. Jerry Brown was born April 7, 1938, in San Francisco, the third of four offspring of Bernice and Edmund Brown, and their only son. He was educated in various Catholic parochial schools, where apparently he made no great mark as a scholar, athlete or leader. As a youngster he viewed his father's political career with mixed feelings: attracted by the power that went with the position, repelled by the necessity of living one's private life in public. Relations with his father Reams of material have been written about Jerry Brown's relationship with his father--their supposed rivalry, their relative coolness towards each other (Jerry is popularly considered his mother's son) and their different approach to human relations. It is a subject upon which the younger Brown does not like to dwell. In the course of our interview I asked him if he'd ever been in competition with his dad. He brushed the cowlick away from his forehead and offered what for him is a brief reply: "No more so than any other son. I've read these theories trying to explain various relationships between mothers and sons and fathers and sons, and I'm generally aware of the basic doctrine, but I don't know that it illuminates anything. I would say my relationship with my father is close. I've learned a great deal from him, and I think he's proud of what I'm doing." Father and son, however, had their conflicts. When Jerry was in his final year at St. Ignatius High School, he decided at age 17 to become a priest. He needed parental -permission to enter the Sacred Heart novitiate in Los Gatos, Cal. It wasn't forthcoming. "Wait until next year," his father suggested, hoping, so the story goes, that young Jerry would change his mind and eventually follow in his footsteps: university, law school and politics. "When God wants you," young Brown protested, "He doesn't want you next year." Jerry lost that one. He enrolled as a freshman in the University of Santa Clara, a Jesuit institution, remained one year, then at 18 entered Sacred Heart to prepare for the Jesuit priesthood. Prayer and work Election night, 1974: The Browns are a dose-knit family, and new Gov. lerry · Brown Cat podium) celebrates with his parents, former California Gov. Edmund Brown and his wile Bernice (third and second from right). Also shown (I to r): Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, lesse Unruh and U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston. He stayed for 3'/z years, classified 4-D (student of divinity) by his draft board,studying, praying, working in the vineyards, rejecting materialism, suppressing his ego, his id and his libido. By 1959 Jerry Brown decided that the priesthood was not for him. "What I originally found liberating, I then found confining." In January, 1960, he enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley, was graduated a year and a half later, then entered his father's world via the Yale Law School.. A clerkship with a California Supreme Court judge followed graduation. Then came five years of private law practice in Los Angeles, a brief period as an activist in the civil rights movement in Mississippi, marching with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, opposition to the war in Vietnam, support for Sen. Eugene McCarthy, and superficial involvement in other liberal causes of his time. Jerry Brown's political career began in 1968 when he was 30. He told Joe Cerrell, one of his dad's political advisers, that he wanted to run for a position on the Los Angeles Community College Board. There were 132 other candidates, none with the name recognition of Jerry Brown. Jerry won in a breeze. Big plurality Little more than a year later, he campaigned for Secretary of State, won by a plurality of more than 300,000 votes. As Secretary of State he quickly and prominently placed his name in the public eye. He filed lawsuits against the corporate fat cats for violating California's campaign-finance laws. He supported new and tougher regulations on campaign spending, attracted a great deal of publicity by limiting lobbyists to $10 when buying a meal for a state official. In the year and a half he's been Governor, Jerry Brown has provided California with fiscally sound, honest, unimaginative government. He has continued $

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