SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jerry Brown dropped the fiction that he is seeking re-election as state attorney general and filed papers Tuesday to explore a run for governor, a job he won in 1974 and has for months been fighting hard, if quietly, to recapture.
Brown’s move was born of necessity: Contributions to candidates for attorney general are capped at $6,500 per election for individual donors, but gubernatorial contestants can accept up to $25,900.
“If he chooses to run, it will make him more competitive against a deep-pocketed Republican opponent,” said Steven Glazer, a senior adviser to Brown, a Democrat.
Two of the three Republicans now running are multimillionaires.
Brown, who often brushes aside questions on the governor’s race, will likely wait until next year to decide whether to run, Glazer said.