SACRAMENTO — Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley began his second try to become governor of California today, declaring "California doesn't need a governor who is a caretaker for the rich and privileged."
Sharply attacking his opponent, Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, Bradley struck a decidedly populist note in a speech before supporters in the lobby of Sacramento's old Senator Hotel, once the hangout of powerful old-boy lobbyists and now an office building.
Bradley, during a private session with lawmakers in the Assembly lounge, gave a speech that Speaker Willie Brown Jr. (D-San Francisco) said did much to heal the differences between Bradley and Democratic lawmakers that had hurt his 1982 race against Deukmejian.
"We are part of the operation," Brown said in an interview. "He has asked for our support. That did not happen in 1982."