As many as many as six former state chief executives around the U.S., including California’s Jerry Brown, may be on the ballot next year. Says Iowa’s Terry Branstad: ‘I know I could do this better.’
By Mark Z. Barabak
December 5, 2009
Jerry Brown has fashioned a career alone on the cutting edge of politics, but as he looks ahead to 2010, the California attorney general finds himself in the midst of an unusual pack: former governors eyeing a return to their old jobs.
At least four, and perhaps as many as six, ex-governors may be on the ballot around the country next year, a pattern apparently without precedent or any clear-cut explanation, beyond the fact that few jobs in American politics beat the chance to run your own state, even in these difficult times.