Meg Whitman's campaign released a new ad Friday called "Judicial Failure." The news of Ron George's retirement is a convenient reminder, the narrator says, of the governor's important role in selecting judges -- and a good hook for linking Brown to Rose Bird. Brown named Bird, who at the time had no judicial branch experience, to the chief's job in 1977 only to see her voted out of office by irate voters nine years later.
Not surprisingly, the ad details how Bird overruled every death sentence to come before her.
But the ad also asserts, with undated, unexplained attribution to the Los Angeles Times, that Brown was known for "cronyism and lack of quality" in his judicial appointments, and suggests many of his judicial appointments were given in exchange for campaign funds.
You can see the ad here.