Perhaps no political parlor game has stirred as much curiosity among California politicos as Gov. Jerry Brown’s possible selection for state attorney general.
Brown will have the opportunity to elevate the state’s next top law enforcement official if frontrunner Kamala Harris wins the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in the Nov. 8 election. Harris has led fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez in every poll of the race, giving some urgency to what had largely been speculation.
Brown’s office has been mum, but most agree his selection will fall into one of three broad categories: the up-and-comer (someone whose career Brown could make overnight; the seat-warmer (think of an aging judge or professor with no interest – or political chops – to hold the seat when it comes back up for election in 2018) or, Anne Gust Brown, an attorney and special counsel to her husband.
That Gust Brown, if she chose, could become an immediate favorite to keep the seat beyond 2017 makes her possible selection the most intriguing.
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That explains why Brown was asked about it Monday as the fourth-term governor prepared to address a breakfast benefit hosted by former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (Gust Brown was on Willie Brown’s shortlist, by the way).
Jerry Brown’s answer to a question about “buzz” he might appoint her was curt: “My wife is fully employed.”