Brown China trip gives lt. gov. a chance to shine

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 5:04 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Gov. Jerry Brown makes his first trip out of the country as governor, the man who might someday seek to replace him has a temporary chance to oversee the affairs of the nation's most populous state.

Brown's 10-day absence from California gives Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom his most extensive time in the chief executive's chair. Newsom's office says he has only his regular engagements, including events in San Jose and San Diego. He also plans to attend this weekend's Democratic convention in Sacramento.

Newsom sought the Democratic nomination for governor before Brown entered the race in 2010.

Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College, says the best thing Newsom can do as acting governor is nothing, unless an emergency or a natural disaster strikes.

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