Gov. Brown Rallies Democrats to Elect Newsom as His Successor

Jerry Brown and San Gavin Newsom attend a Democratic National Committee rally at UCLA on Oct. 15, 2010. (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerry Brown and San Gavin Newsom attend a Democratic National Committee rally at UCLA on Oct. 15, 2010. (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rallying Democrats for the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he looks forward to passing the baton to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the party’s candidate for governor, who in turn promised to continue the progressive agenda pursued by Brown.

Standing in front of about four dozen activists and other Democratic candidates for state office, the 80-year-old governor said he would campaign for Newsom, saying the 50-year-old candidate would bring a “creative, energetic” approach to the governor’s office.

“Gavin Newsom will get stuff done. There is a time for an old guy, and there is time for a young guy,” Brown said, drawing laughter during the event at the state Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento. “I was the right man at the right time, and right now Gavin Newsom is the right man at the right time for the next four years in California.”

Brown said problems remain to be addressed involving the environment, workers’ rights and criminal justice reform.

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