Former California Gov. Gray Davis is a delegate this week to the
in Charlotte, North Carolina, where
will tonight accept his party's nomination for a second term. Davis, whose second term in office was cut short by the 2003 Recall Election, now lives in West L.A. and was mingling in the crowded lobby of the
when we caught up with him.
Every party has a challenge to stay current, and I think [the GOP convention in]
told you all you need to know about the Republican Party. They're basically mired in the 1950s. I lived though the '50s and it was a fine decade, but it was 60 years ago. So get with the times.
We're much more current, more diverse, more forward looking, more understanding that the economy has to be geared towards innovation and change for us to maintain the standard of life that we've become accustomed to. On every yardstick from social policy to economic development, even on national security, the
is much more agile, much more forward looking.
It wasn't that long ago that the GOP dominated California politics, winning the state in presidential races, and a series of Republican governorships. Is there any danger that Democrats could also slip?
You always have to be vigilant and take nothing for granted. Up until '92, California was a reliable state for Republicans in presidential races. Ford beat Carter. Nixon beat Kennedy. But with the growth of the Hispanic community, and with our progressive attitude on the part of the electorate, Democrats have held sway.
Like a lot of us, he's matured but he's still unpredictable and very much his own person. It's hard to say he's a traditional Democrat or an independent. He's very much Jerry Brown.