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Jerry Brown headed to Yale Law School reunion

In this May 22, 2012, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his proposed tax initiative during his appearance at the 87th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, in Sacramento, Calif.
In this May 22, 2012, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his proposed tax initiative during his appearance at the 87th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, in Sacramento, Calif. AP

This is how secure Gov. Jerry Brown is in his re-election prospects: Less than two weeks before Election Day, Brown left the state on Thursday for a long weekend in New Haven, Conn., where he will participate in his Yale Law School class’ 50th reunion.

The reunion, which will keep Brown on the East Coast through Sunday, coincides with an alumni weekend focused on judging. Brown is expected to sit on two panels, including one with Gary Hart, Brown’s law school classmate and former presidential candidate.

None of the events are open to the public, and Brown plans no public appearances, his office said.

“This is really just a chance for the governor to reconnect with old classmates,” Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said.

For Yale alumni, opportunities abound. A university website describes the weekend as “a special occasion for you to see old YLS friends and make new ones, encounter current students, wander familiar hallways, gather in the courtyard, sit in the now fully-wireless classrooms (of course!!), catch up with a favorite professor, and enjoy terrific meals together in Commons and other eateries.”

Brown, who graduated from the law school in 1964, leads his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, by double digits in public opinion polls.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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