Former MoveOn Director to Challenge Jerry Brown in Democratic Primary

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Tilt away, Mr. Schurman
The former founding head of left-wing activist group MoveOn.org has announced that he plans to challenge California Attorney General Jerry Brown for the Democratic nomination for the governor's seat.

San Francisco resident Peter Schurman, who served as executive director of MoveOn from 2001 to 2005, said in a press release that the "Democratic standard-bearer must take bold stands on the key issues facing California -- like closing our budget gap by making corporations, big commercial property owners, and the richest people pay their fair share."

Schurman will face long odds against Brown, who with his name recognition and fund-raising prowess has long been considered the prohibitive front-runner in the Democratic primary for governor, forcing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, an early contender, to withdraw from the race. And while MoveOn rose to prominence through its stance against the Iraq War, the Internet-based political movement has long since jumped the shark.

In 2007, for example, the group humiliated itself with a full-page ad in The New York Times attacking U.S. Army General David Petraeus as "General Betray Us." In addition to enshrining itself in the not-easy-to-access pantheon of dumbest-ever political puns, the ad was deemed highly misleading by sapient political observers in its depiction of Petraeus and the war.

So will the 40-year-old Schurman, with his MoveOn resume, be deemed to stand a better chance than Brown of vanquishing likely Republican nominee Meg Whitman, a rich, pro-choice woman who once headed eBay? We would guess not, but don't count this poison pill of a gubernatorial candidate out just yet -- these are the Democrats, after all.

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