Jerry Brown, second from left. An aide was recorded making a crude remark about his opponent.
By JESSE McKINLEY
Published: October 8, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — On Wednesday night, at a party held for young San Francisco Democrats, Jerry Brown took the microphone and gave the kind of stirring, if somewhat eccentric, speech that has defined his 40 years in politics.
“California is not only a state of place, it’s a state of imagination,” Mr. Brown said. “This is the place of Hollywood movies, it’s the place of rocket ships, it’s the place of wind machines. It’s the place of all sorts of ideas,” Mr. Brown riffed, quickly building in a crescendo, saying that California politics were “screwed up” and broken.
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