Jerry Brown weighs in on death of American diplomat in Libya


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Gov. Jerry Brown added his voice Wednesday to those who expressed condolences after the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya.

Stevens, who hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area not far from the governor’s home in the Oakland Hills, was killed along with three other Americans in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11.


“Ambassador Stevens represented the very best that California and the United States have to offer,” Brown said in a statement. “His dedicated service to our country and our world will never be forgotten.’

The killings became part of the presidential campaign when Republican nominee Mitt Romney blasted the Obama administration’s reaction to the attacks as “disgraceful” and “an apology for America’s values.” Obama’s campaign accused Romney of politicizing the attack. ‘We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,’ said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.


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Christopher Stevens, US ambassador to Libya, killed in Benghazi

--Anthony York in Sacramento