June 27, 2011

THERE IS NO POLITICAL RISK IN CUTTING SPENDING:

Brown solidified credibility with veto (Steven Harmon, 6/26/11, Contra Costa Times)

In vetoing the Legislature's budget 10 days ago, Gov. Jerry Brown took some sharp jabs from members of his own party, who accused him of betraying their trust, among other things. But it was worth it for the credibility he earned with the public, political observers say.

The veto reaffirmed the persona that Brown had cultivated through his campaign as the guy who means what he says and who will make tough decisions despite the political cost.

"If he doesn't veto the budget, he's eating his words and completely reneging on the promise that he wouldn't go along with gimmickry," said Bill Whalen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution and former speech writer for GOP Gov. Pete Wilson. "It's keeping his covenant with voters."


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