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Jerry Brown: The Once & Future Gov

By Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect - March 5, 2013

America's most futuristic governor seems borne back ceaselessly into the past these days. As he shows me around his office on a crisp winter morning, California Governor Jerry Brown points out not just the desk that his father, Edmund "Pat" Brown, used during his own term as governor from 1959 to 1967 but also photos of his grandparents and his great-grandfather, who came to California in the gold rush years. "He knew John Sutter," Brown says. The only two governors in the past half-century who were native Californians, he points out, were he and his father.

At 74, Brown has lost little of the intensity that impressed and occasionally discomfited voters during his first tenure as governor nearly 40 years ago. His outfit"”an open-collar shirt under a white pullover sweater, blue jeans"”may be West Coast casual, his shaved head may call to mind the Zen monks with whom he's studied, but Brown's emotional repertoire does not include laid-back, except when he's talking about California's history and his place in it. He still interrupts his interlocutors, still questions their questions. 

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