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Jerry Brown Endorses Gavin Newsom In California Governor's Race

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown shakes hands with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom after endorsing Newsom to succeed him at a California Democratic Party unity event on June 13, 2018.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Jerry Brown announced his chosen successor as governor of California.

“There’s a time for an old guy and there’s a time for a young guy,“ Brown said at a California Democratic Party unity event in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday. “There’s a time with a no hair on the top of your head, there’s a time for a guy with really nice hair, I’d have to say.”

Brown is endorsing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the November election against Republican businessman John Cox.

“Now, I think I’ve done a helluva lot,“ Brown cracked. “But I didn’t do so much that I didn’t leave a lot of problems for Gavin Newsom to solve! So I’m not gonna outline all the different problems, cause I’ve been able to obscure them from your view!”

The governor’s endorsement is no surprise. He and Newsom are both Democrats and their family ties go back decades.

In a statement, Cox says California needs a businessman to fix the problems he blames on Brown and Newsom — including the state’s high housing costs and poverty rate.

“Californians deserve better from their next governor than just an extension of the failed policies that have driven hundreds of thousands to flee to other states,“ Cox said.

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