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Brown Low-Key Following Budget Battle

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:18am

He was all over the papers and airwaves earlier this year, but California Governor Jerry Brown has largely stayed out of the public eye the last two weeks.

Perhaps it was his movie star background, but former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was always front and center. And during his first stint at the Capitol in the 1970s, Brown was too. But ever since June 27th, the day Brown announced the final state budget, he’s only made a single public appearance. Political analyst Leo McElroy says Brown might simply be sick and tired of a dysfunctional legislature.

“I think he’s immensely disappointed in the way public affairs have gone in California,” said McElroy. “And it may be that disappointment that’s caused him to go off into a closet somewhere or whatever he’s doing. But at some point, he’s going to have to emerge.”

“Total bunk,” says the governor’s press secretary, Gil Duran. The governor is in good spirits, he says, and focused on researching all the bills that made it through the legislature. Duran says unlike other governors, Brown is a workhorse – not a show horse: he often writes signing statements and veto messages himself.

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