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2018 electionGovernor's race

In response to rumors, California Rep. Jackie Speier says she's not running for governor

 (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)
(Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Jackie Speier says she isn’t jumping into California’s governor’s race, despite former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown’s assertion that the Hillsborough Democrat was weighing a run.

Brown wrote in his San Francisco Chronicle column Sunday that, “My phone has been lighting up with messages that Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier is spending the New Year’s weekend in Palm Springs with her advisers and mulling a possible run for governor.”

Speier, who has served in the House since 2008, denied interest in joining the race through a spokesman Wednesday.

“I’m not sure who Willie’s source is, but the only thing accurate about the post was that I was in Palm Springs with my family. Willie was smoking something before [sales] became legal on January 1st. I still have a lot of work to do in Washington,” Speier said in a statement.

Speier is a vocal member of the House Select Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, and she has pushed for Congress to reform its sexual harassment policies since disclosing her own experience last year.

She would have been a late entry in an already crowded field with several candidates having already spent months raising millions of dollars. Speier ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 but didn’t win the Democratic nomination.

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