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Jerry Brown makes Time magazine's list of most influential

April 24, 2014|Chris Megerian
  • Gray Davis and Jerry Brown are shown entering the Capitol in 1979. Davis served as chief of staff during Brown's first stint as governor, and recently wrote a blurb about his former boss for a new issue of Time magazine.
Gray Davis and Jerry Brown are shown entering the Capitol in 1979. Davis… (Associated Press )

SACRAMENTO -- For years, Gray Davis has told a favorite story about Jerry Brown and his carpet.

When Brown was governor in the 1970s, he refused to patch a hole in the carpet of his Capitol office, hoping that his display of frugality would be emulated across state government.

Davis, who was Brown's chief of staff before becoming governor himself, got a chance to retell the story in the new issue of Time magazine. He wrote a short article about Brown, one of the publication's 100 most influential people.

"Governor Brown preached restraint," Davis writes. "His frugality comes in part from three years as a Jesuit seminarian."

Davis, who was ousted from the governor's office as California's finances imploded, praised Brown as a "wise steward of our state’s resources."

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