SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Governor Jerry Brown makes his first trip out of the country since being elected in 2011. The man who may seek to replace him has a temporary chance to oversee the affairs of the nation's most populous state. Brown heads to China to promote exports, tourism and greenhouse gas reduction policies.
Gov. Brown's 10-day hiatus from California grants current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom his most significant period in the chief executive's chair. Despite this, Newsom's office has reported he has only regular engagements to attend to, including events in San Diego and San Jose. Newsom also plans to attend the Democratic convention in Sacramento this weekend. Newsom contended for the Democratic nomination for Governor before Brown threw his hat into the race in 2010.
Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College, says the best thing Newsom can do with his short tenure as chief executive is nothing, unless an emergency or natural disaster strikes.