The Jerry Brown Interview
|The must-read of the day is a NY Times with Attorney General-elect Jerry Brown.|
As a Democrat accustomed to being in charge — you’re the mayor of Oakland as well as a former two-term governor of California — how do you feel about having to answer to a Republican governor?
You don’t answer to a governor. The attorney general is autonomous.
But isn’t Schwarzenegger over you?
No. The attorney general reports only to the people and to his conscience.
Either way, I admire you for being flexible and taking whatever position is available.
That’s why my three and a half years of Jesuit training were helpful. The 12th rule is to let him in all things seek his greater mortification and continuing abnegation.
How is being attorney general of the state of California a form of mortification?
Well, that means you go against yourself. There’s a guy named August Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s older brother, and you know what he said to me? He said your most important role is governor emeritus.
Meaning what, exactly?
I never quite knew what he meant, but I keep thinking about it.