GOP Challenger Out to Unseat Governor Jerry Brown in California

California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, running against California Governor Jerry Brown, after hearing Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget, made a few needling statements about it.

Sharpening up his claws, Donnelly said Jerry Brown is a pickpocket thief who has magically solved the state’s financial woes. He thinks the Governmor needs a new optician, because the rose-colored glassed he is wearing make everything he does look like a long-term solution.

Donnelly said, “After picking the pockets and balancing California’s budget on the backs of hardworking taxpayers through the largest Tax increase in State history, Governor Brown this morning declared all of California’s problems magically solved. It must be nice to view the State’s problems through such rose-colored lenses. The reality is a magnitude of problems still face California.”

Donnelly went further, saying that the governor sees a surplus where there is none. It is the Governor’s usual Democrat sleight-of-hand, which usually disappears within a few months or even weeks.

“The Governor’s surplus is a myth. It will be short-lived, as businesses flee the state to escape Prop. 30. This so-called surplus is largely due to a one-time tax increase bailout, this is no long-term solution.”

Assemblyman Donnelly is from San Bernardino County in Southern California, to the east of Los Angeles. The rural county’s population is over 2 million, which probably accounts for his stance on guns and hunting. Donnelly faces an uphill battle against Brown at the polls this November, but he vowed to fight hard against the Governor.

Donnelly further criticized Brown’s budget by giving several suggestions:

  • The Governor’s budget today fails to address the $218 Billion in unfunded Pension liabilities which the State still faces. This problem is not going away.
  • While the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) proposes a $5 Billion in rainy day funds, the Governor is setting aside only $1 Billion.
  • Despite his call for fiscal restraint, the Governor shows little restraint in spending, suggesting billions of dollars in increased spending (a 9% increase in spending). Plain and simple, these funds were confiscated from the pockets of hardworking Californians in order to redistribute to his cronies in Sacramento.
  • The Governor makes jest of the drought situation in our Central Valley, suggesting that government can’t make it rain. But the fact is, the government CAN and did create a drought. This Governor now ignores real solutions, which include an increase in water storage and a statewide water management plan that respects every region.
  • The Governor proposes making it easier for local jurisdictions to raise taxes, by lowering the approval threshold for tax increases, to 55%. This would be disastrous for homeowners and taxpayers.
  • The Governor continues to throw money at the High-Speed Rail boondoggle
  • Keeping the pay-to-play system alive, Governor Brown has provided pay increases to the teachers unions, who are among the same groups that just flooded his Campaign account with more than $1 Million just two weeks ago. Despite these increases, and an increase in education spending by $10 Billion, little to no money of that will ever be seen in the classroom. California’s tradition of failing our children continues.
  • Governor Brown is proposing an additional release of inmates further endangering the public safety in California, although this time it includes aging and infirm inmates. One has to ask why the Governor didn’t think to propose their release first, rather than releasing 10,000 other criminals onto our streets – including a violent criminal who raped and murdered a woman after his release.

Donnelly offered up three facts that Californians should not ignore:

  1. Nearly 2 Million Californians are still unemployed.
  2. 1 in 4 Californians now living in Poverty on Jerry Brown’s watch.
  3. And 1 Million Californians are losing their healthcare due to ObamaCare.

And a closing quote from Assemblyman Donnelly:

“The real bottom-line: The fiscal outlook for Millions of Californians isn’t as rosy as Jerry Brown would have you believe.”

If you were looking for someone to be the polar opposite of Jerry Brown, Donnelly Donnelly is definitely the prime candidate for that. For the coming election California voters have a clear choice. The question is – how will they choose?

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.