Elaine Chao

Gov. Jerry Brown promotes his California agenda in Washington with a bit of shuttle diplomacy

Gov. Jerry Brown promotes his California agenda in Washington with a bit of shuttle diplomacy

As the leader of a state that seems more a country of its own in its isolation from the Republican revolution, Gov. Jerry Brown saw his visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday play out like that of any foreign ambassador to the nation’s capital.

Brown played the role of diplomat, sitting with friends and foes alike to assess California's standing as decisions are made on federal funding and priorities. And like a good envoy, he carefully chose his words about the path forward.

“I do think we all have to work vigorously to defend our position, but to find as many openings with a very different kind of politics,” Brown said after his final meeting...

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