Jerry Brown (D)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown is no friend of businesses, at least judging by the state Chamber of Commerce's ad blasting the Democrat over his policies.
The California Chamber of Commerce is airing television spots attacking Brown, the state's current attorney general, over his record as governor and mayor of Oakland, Calif.
The Chamber's ad, which is running statewide, hammers Brown because he had originally opposed the 1978 ballot measure Proposition 13, which restricted property taxes and required a two-thirds vote for new taxes to be approved either by the public or the state Legislature.
"California has lost 1 million jobs, we're $200 billion in debt and Jerry Brown has a 35-year record of higher spending and taxes," the 33-second spot says. The ad notes that under his gubernatorial administration, state spending increased 163 percent. During his time as mayor, city spending in Oakland increased 60 percent and taxes increased.
"We want to ensure that we integrate the issues that are critically important to our members and Californians into the election debate," said CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg. "The goal of these ads is to press the candidates to articulate how their views about taxing and spending are likely to impact our job climate in the future."
Brown is seeking to succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Golden State's chief executive. Brown, who was governor from 1975 to 1983, may seek another two terms because he held office before the state's term limits were enacted.
Also vying for the governor's office are Republican hopefuls Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.
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