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Jerry Brown touts ‘tremendous progress’ in new ad

Gov. Jerry Brown meets with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for an endorsement interview on Thursday May 15, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
Gov. Jerry Brown meets with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for an endorsement interview on Thursday May 15, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

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.

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

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