Brown Counts Cash, Poochigian Counts Corpses

The attorney general’s race has turned into a numbers game, though each candidate is playing with different figures.

For Democrat Jerry Brown, it’s all about campaign cash. The Oakland mayor raised almost $1 million over the last six weeks and is now sitting on a campaign war chest of $5.2 million, according to records filed with the Secretary of State’s office today. Brown’s camp immediately issued a statement saying opponent Chuck Poochigian’s campaign “is in crisis” because the Republican only has $3.6 million in the bank.

Poochigian, the state senator from Fresno, would rather focus on numbers coming out of Oakland these days, namely the city’s rising murder rate. A missive from the Poochigian campaign Monday morning noted that Oakland notched its 81st over the weekend and, not surprisingly, blamed the high number on the city’s “eternally ambitious and disengaged mayor.”

Expect to see the war of numbers move from press releases to the air waves in the coming months. Whether it’s paltry or plentiful, a combined $8.8 million in campaign money will buy a lot of TV ads.

Cheryl Miller

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