Brown's opponent Meg Whitman amassed a fortune as CEO and president of eBay. In the recently concluded primary Whitman spent a reported $80 million of her own money to secure the Republican nomination.
The ensuing question based on such factual information about Whitman's $80 million expenditure is this. How much money from the eBay executive's massive fortune will be spent in the fall campaign leading up to the November 2 election?
Turn back to the clock to 1992 and recall what Jerry Brown did when he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, a prize that eventually went to then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.
During presidential debates involving the Democratic candidates Brown was the one who kept repeating the 1-900 telephone number which citizens could call and pledge funds to his campaign. It was a campaign that he proudly exclaimed was being run without the aid of political action committee money.
Here we are eighteen years later. Brown is opposed by a highly wealthy opponent willing to spend huge amounts to be elected governor of the nation's most populous state.
The opportunity is there for the reformer image of Brown to resurface in the realm of campaign finance reform. Will he let the opportunity to make a strong case pass?
For one thing he can issue a challenge to Whitman to engage in a series of public debates where an entire array of issues can be discussed.
Brown could then do what Senator Robert Kennedy did the evening that the 1968 Indiana Democratic Party's presidential primary results were being reported.