Cheryl Brown

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown laughs on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. (Andrew Seng)

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
April 14, 2016 – 12:24 PM

  • Brown under fire for environmental record
  • Faces election challenge from fellow Democrat
  • A California Democrat facing a rare challenge from the left over her environmental record has gotten a $1 million boost from Chevron.

The independent expenditure on behalf of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, should sharpen the divisions in a race showcasing liberal discontent with business-friendly Assembly Democrats. Environmental and labor groups angered by Brown’s stance on climate legislation last year have backed a challenger and fellow Democrat, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.

The independent expenditure committee also took $500,000 from the California Dental Association and $250,00 from the California Apartment Association.

Brown also has drawn the backing of the California Democratic Party apparatus and the endorsement of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood.

Brown was one of numerous centrist Democrats who last year weakened climate legislation as the oil industry blitzed vulnerable members with targeted ads. The powerful lobby’s spending soared as the fight over Senate Bill 350 neared its conclusion. Ultimately, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders discarded an effort to cut petroleum use in half.

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