Gov. Jerry Brown, edging closer to an explicit case for re-election, will start airing a television ad Monday claiming “tremendous progress” in California during his tenure, his campaign said Sunday.
The ad – like those released earlier this month – is still a pitch for Propositions 1 and 2, the $7.5 billion water bond and budget reserve measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. With just more than a week before Election Day, Brown still has not mentioned his candidacy for re-election in a TV ad.
The newest spot, however, includes Brown briefly promoting his record since taking office in 2011.
“We’ve made tremendous progress: Stabilized the budget, once again we’re creating jobs and supporting schools,” Brown says. “With Propositions 1 and 2, we can lock in progress for the future.”
Brown, a third-term Democrat, reported last week that he had started spending from his re-election account, but nearly all of the $3.4 million he reported spending Oct. 1-18 was for advertising for Propositions 1 and 2. He had about $21 million in cash on hand.
His Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, held less than $1 million and is running far behind Brown in public opinion polls.
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