It’s one thing for fellow Democrats to portray California Gov.
It’s another for one of Brown’s Republican predecessors to suggest that no one on the horizon looks likely to stop the incumbent from coasting to a fourth term in November.
Asked on Friday for his perspective on the governor’s race, former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson responded: “What governor’s race?”
Former Lt. Gov.
“I know that there are some people who are considering a run,” Wilson said in an interview at an earthquake conference at Cal State Northridge. “But it’s both early and I just don’t know how serious they would be.”
Wilson’s remarks were something less than a vote of confidence in Neel Kashkari, a 40-year-old Republican banker who has been quietly preparing for months to join the race.
Wilson, who won the 1990 and 1994 gubernatorial elections, conceded he had some “basic philosophical disagreements” with Brown, but went on to praise him.
“He’s done some things well,” Wilson said. “He’s counseling the wisdom of putting aside the budget surplus as a reserve and having to fight Democratic leaders to prevent their spending it.”
Wilson also recalled that he’d joined three other former governors in filing a
“If you want to improve healthcare, improve healthcare,” Wilson said. “You don’t do it by releasing people who are dangerous.”