A Boost for Brown

Rick Caruso, the shopping mall magnate and frequent Republican fund raiser, is backing Jerry Brown in the California governor's race.

He tells Tina Daunt of Huffington Post: "Some of my other Republican friends might question this once the word gets. But I think they'll understand that because Sacramento is so screwed up, you need someone who knows the system. Jerry Brown has been on the ground and in the weeds."

He's scheduled a fund-raiser for Brown on Feb. 2.

As Daunt points out, this is not good news for Meg Whitman. She is pinning her candidacy on her business savvy at eBay and other companies, and has criticized Brown as a career politician. Caruso is endorsing Brown for the very reason that he is a career politician.

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