If a candidate announces a plan in the woods, and no one hears it ...


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Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has been hitting Democratic rival Jerry Brown hard for offering no plans to deal with the state’s myriad problems. Earlier this week, Brown responded by posting education and environmental proposals on his website.

Although the substance marked a change from the summer’s bickering over who forgot to pay taxes, or who accepted whose challenge to debate, it’s unclear how many voters actually heard about the proposals.


A smattering of media outlets covered the plans, perhaps because few knew about them. Brown’s campaign didn’t announce their unveiling or send out press releases touting their contents, as is customary when a candidate announces something.

The candidate posted a solitary Twitter comment about the education plan, including a link. No one mentioned the environment plan.

Visitors to Brown’s website can find the documents if they venture beyond the home page, into the “Fighting for You” section.

Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford, who has been known to bristle at suggestions that the campaign’s efforts are lackluster, defended the handling of the plans. He noted that Brown has more than 1 million followers on Twitter and added, “There was pretty extensive coverage.”

“Really, there’s nothing in there that Jerry hasn’t talked about in some detail over the last year or so,” he added. “And you’ll see more detailed papers on a number of additional subjects in the near future.”

If, that is, they can be found.

-- Seema Mehta in Los Angeles