Gov's dog visits with Prop. 30 volunteers

Sutter, governor's corgi, on campaign blitz

SAN DIEGO - With polls showing voter sentiment sharply divided over Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown unleashed his "secret weapon" Friday in the campaign for his proposed tax increases.

Sutter, the governor's Pembroke Welsh corgi, visited volunteers at a phone bank in Kearny Mesa Friday morning, where he was greeted by around 20 other small dogs. The canine went to second phone bank in Chula Vista in the afternoon.

Phone bank volunteers at the pooch's tour stops receive a limited edition Sutter Brown trading card as a souvenir.

"We're unleashing our cutest and cuddliest secret weapon out into the field," said Tenoch Flores, communications director for the California Democratic Party. "Across the state, Californians are lending a hand, and in some cases a paw, to the effort to pass Proposition 30 to stop the cuts to education."

Sutter has been traveling for a few days now and is scheduled to complete his statewide tour in Sacramento on Monday night.

Sutter has his own Twitter account -- @SutterBrown, with nearly 4,300 followers -- and his handler tweeted out that more students had volunteered for the Chula Vista event than anywhere else in the state, so far.

The ballot measure would increase the state sales tax by 1/4 cent for four years and raises income taxes on Californians earning at least $250,000 for seven years. Brown said there will be major cuts to education spending if the measure fails at the ballot box.

Proponents say the state's richest residents can afford to cough up a little more cash, and the sales tax will still be lower than last year. Opponents say the proposition doesn't guarantee that the additional revenue would go to schools, and that the state government needs to get its fiscal house in order before coming to taxpayers and job producers for more money.

The latest scientific 10News poll shows if the election were held today, 51 percent of voters would support the measure while 42 percent would not. The rest are undecided.

Political analysts say that the support, though, for the proposition is falling slightly under the 50 percent mark.

The governor will visit San Diego on Monday for one last push before Election Day.
 

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