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See Jane Run?

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How’s this for a surprise entry in the California governor’s race?

Hint: A woman

Hint: She and her family make their home in the Southland.

Hint: She’s a reporter with an NBC pedigree.

Citizen Wells . . . Candidate Wells?

No, it’s not Maria.

Would you believe: Jane Wells, a CNBC reporter based in Los Angeles (she was in Sacramento today, covering the State of the State Address), and author of her own Funny Business blog. 

As you’ll see in this item she posted earlier today, she has what might be the right approach to running for office in these cynical times: a good sense of humor, sprinkled with a healthy serving of mockery and sarcasm.

After her colleagues talked her up for California’s top job, here’s what Ms. Wells said of her political potential:

“They’re joking. Sort of. After all, could I be any worse? Hey, there’s a campaign motto! Vote for Jane! She can’t be any worse!”

And she lays out a nascent platform in this, her bid to be the Golden State’s 38th governor.

“In my FAKE run for Governor, I will not propose serious ideas.

I am not going to champion massive plans to streamline state government (though we should outsource the DMV to the Auto Club) or suggest revolutionary new revenue generators (like trying to tax the marijuana industry without violating federal law).


This campaign is about bringing even more Funny Business to state government.

Vote for Jane: because we can still do damage to California!

All of which sorta reminds me Tammy Metzler’s epic student-assembly speech in the movie Election:

“If elected I will immediately dismantle the student government . . .”

I don’t know where Ms. Wells fits along the party and ideological fault lines. I do know that she’s worked for Geraldo Rivera. And she appeared on the final episode of Seinfeld.

So she knows a thing or two about working with fragile egos and shows about nothing.

Can’t thing of a better way to prepare for Sacramento.


Written by Bill Whalen

January 7, 2010 at 12:01 am

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  1. I know Jane Wells and she would actually be a great governor. She has common sense, good values and knows how to motivate people. What’s more, she’s smart and can communicate effectively.

    T. Sanders

    January 7, 2010 at 5:33 am

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