California: The Democrats' Minuet

In that minuet of malice called California politics, another Democrat has insinuated himself onto the stage to challenge Governor Pat Brown's third-term chances. He is Los Angeles Mayor Samuel William Yorty, a ripsnorting maverick. Yorty sees himself as the answer to the question Brown coyly poses when asked if he will run again in 1966: "If I don't, who will?"

Before Yorty started making sounds, about the only potential Democratic challenger to Brown seemed to be his longtime foe, State Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh. But Party Power Unruh loudly disclaims any immediate ambitions, and last...

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