Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, May. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, May. 6, 2013 – 5:18 am

One of the questions that Capitol veterans often field from those newer to the political arena is whether today’s Jerry Brown is markedly different from what he was during his first governorship three-plus decades ago.

The answer is that of course he’s different.

Brown 1.0 was one of the state’s youngest governors and Brown 2.0 is the oldest.

During his earlier incarnation, Brown was consumed by making a rapid ascent on the political ladder – running for president scarcely a year into his governorship – and paid only passing attention to governing.

This time around, Brown is much more focused on governance, as he has often said himself.

In demeanor, however, Brown has not changed a great deal.

He still eschews the trappings of office and still projects an extemporaneous, other-worldly aura – sustained by frequent emissions of Latin phrases, obscure references to Greek mythology and other learned verbiage that sets him apart from the usual political bloviating.

To first-timers – especially those from elsewhere – Brown can be rather overwhelming, and he relishes giving the full treatment to out-of-state journalists who trek to Sacramento to consult the oracle.

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