California: Big Daddy

At Bill Pearl's health studio in Sacramento last week, a grunting behemoth of a man did twelve pushups, then collapsed in a sweat. "God, you're strong, Jesse," gasped an admirer. California Assemblyman Jesse Marvin ("Big Daddy") Unruh, 38, surveyed his 275-lb. girth and rumbled happily: "If I get any stronger, I'll be so goddam strong I'll be deadly."

As a politician, Jesse Unruh already bids fair to become the most powerful Democrat in the nation's second most populous state. A resident of Los Angeles, he has made Southern California his undisputed Democratic...

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