Old Days

Jerry Brown is making another run for governor of California, and at this point, he's the front runner. It's been 27 years since he last held the office.
"Our state is in serious trouble and the next governor must have the preparation, and the knowledge and the know-how to get California working again," he said in the taped video message. "That's what I offer, and that's why I'm declaring my candidacy for governor." "Some people say that if you've been around the process, you can't handle the job, that we need to go out and find an outsider who knows virtually nothing about state government," Brown said. "Well we tried that, and it doesn't work. We found out that not knowing is not good."
Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman has a good shot at the Republican nomination. It would be her first political office. In other political nostalgia, former DC Mayor Marion Barry, a member of the city council, has been censured for corruption.
Barry (D-Ward 8), known as a skillful politician with a history of personal flaws, was woefully outnumbered as all 12 of his colleagues voted in favor of resolutions that in effect punished him after allegations that he lined his pockets with taxpayer money.
He's been in politics for 40 years, but still hasn't learned the rules.
Barry had apologized during a news conference last week, saying he used "poor judgment" in securing the contract for Watts-Brighthaupt. He has maintained he broke no laws but has acknowledged he later received "several thousand dollars" from Watts-Brighthaupt for loans he made to her, according to a supplemental report Bennett filed with the council on Monday.
The good old days aren't all that old.
As Mayor of Washington D.C., Barry was the target of a high-profile 1990 arrest on drug charges, which precluded him from seeking reelection that year. After he was convicted of the charges, Barry served six months in a federal prison, but was elected to the D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.
Other than losing his committee chairmanship and the staff that comes with it, the censure is a slap on the wrist that largely holds Barry harmless for taking bribes.