Brown’s new rail pitch:
Get old people off road
Gov. Jerry Brown has a new argument for high-speed rail: Get senior citizens off the road.
“There’s a lot of old people who shouldn’t be driving,” the Democratic governor joked at a dinner hosted by labor leaders in Sacramento on Monday night. “They should be sitting in a nice train car working on their iPad, having a martini.”
Brown, who will turn 76 next month, has other means of transportation, as he is chauffeured by a California Highway Patrol officer. He has made high-speed rail a priority of his administration, despite legal setbacks, funding uncertainty and a fall-off in public support.
But Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman, and Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, are little known to the electorate, and the prospects of either beating Brown in this Democratic-leaning state are slim.
Brown suggested as much Monday.
“I won’t talk about my opponents,” he said, “because most of you don’t know their names.”
“There may have been mistakes in the way some of this was handled.”