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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CA: Clinton Endorses Brown

Seema Mehta and Michael J. Mishak report at The Los Angeles Times:
Party loyalty is apparently thicker than a personal grudge.

President Bill Clinton weighed in on the California gubernatorial race Tuesday, endorsing Democrat Jerry Brown. A former Democratic president backing his party's standard bearer would be unremarkable, except for two facts: the men have had a rocky relationship since clashing in the 1992 presidential primary, and Brown — speaking off the cuff two days ago — called Clinton a liar and made fun of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Brown apologized Monday.

Clinton did not refer to the slight in his statement to The Times.

"I strongly support Jerry Brown for governor because I believe he was a fine mayor of Oakland, he's been a very good attorney general, and he would be an excellent governor at a time when California needs his creativity and fiscal prudence," Clinton said.