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California Democratic Party Lines Up Behind pro-Bush anti-Labor Schwarzenegger
SAN FRANCISCO - Former Assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown on Friday predicted that fellow Democrat Phil Angelides will lose his campaign for governor.
Brown's forecast came during a fundraising breakfast for his public policy institute, which drew many of the state's top elected officials, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
With a nod to the Republican governor, who was seated in the audience, Brown told several hundred well-connected listeners that Schwarzenegger will win his bid for a full term next month.
Brown has likened Angelides to a "younger, glasses-wearing version" of Gray Davis, invited Schwarzenegger to speak at S.F.'s Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast in January, and defended the governor after he made his "hot-blooded" remark about Latinos. Matier & Ross at the S.F. Chronicle wonder if Brown is still angry about Angelides backing Brown's opponent in the race to head the California Public Employees Retirement System. His failure to be elected president of the CalPERS board was a huge embarrassment for Brown.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got a standing ovation in true-blue San Francisco today -- at a pre-election breakfast fundraiser hosted by Willie Brown, one of the state's best-known Democrats. Noticeably missing from the event: Phil Angelides.
Pastor who opposed Schwarzenegger now on governor's payroll
SAN FRANCISCO - A progressive pastor who once called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger part of "the national axis of evil" is now a paid consultant with the governor's re-election campaign, upsetting at least one fellow clergyman.
Led by Schwarzenegger, GOP candidates seek gains in California
MICHAEL R. BLOOD
LOS ANGELES - California - often regarded as the Democratic promised land, the bluest of blue states - is confounding a national trend this year as Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears headed for re-election while several other GOP candidates are making strong runs at statewide office.