There’s no doubt that Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet ballot measure, Proposition 30, which would raise the sales tax and increase the state’s top marginal income tax rate, is a lot less popular than his real pet, Sutter, a Pembroke Welsh corgi. So the governor, who has been out on the campaign trail talking up the ballot measure as a way to avert drastic cuts in school funding, has dispatched his dog to help out.
Sutter, who is 9 years old, is on a tour of 30 Democratic campaign offices (“30 for 30”) from Northern to Southern California. He’s really more of a shill than an actual campaigner. His job is to attract volunteers to the offices to make calls on behalf of Proposition 30. Any volunteers who make an hour or two of calls get to schmooze with Sutter and have their pictures taken with the pooch.
By all measures (his Facebook page, his mysterious Twitter account, stray anecdotes), he has excelled at his mission. In one campaign office, volunteers made him a necklace of dog treats that they bestowed on him like a lei.
Sutter dropped by the Globe Lobby of the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning for a brief visit. Mostly he has bunked at people’s houses during the tour, although Thursday night found him ensconced in a motel in Burbank. Despite the grueling pace, he looked rested, his caramel and white coat shiny, his teeth clean. Constantly photographed on walks with Brown and his wife, Anne Gust, Sutter looks smaller than he does in photos. Apparently, that adage about the camera adding 10 pounds goes for dogs too.