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Jerry Brown Looks To Move Past ‘Governor Moonbeam’ Image

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California Attorney General Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference on July 26, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

California Attorney General Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference on July 26, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Jerry Brown sees himself as a regular guy who buys his suits on sale, drives around in a Ford Crown Victoria and enjoys dinner at home with his wife.

What he wants Californians to see past is the Jerry Brown of three decades ago who was derisively dubbed “Governor Moonbeam.”

The 72-year-old Democrat, locked in a close race with Republican Meg Whitman for governor, is determined to project an everyman image. It’s far cry from the eccentric Californian who romanced singer Linda Ronstadt along with a few other Hollywood actresses, recited poetry on the campaign trail and moved to Japan to study in a Buddhist monastery.

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