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While many of the nation's governors trek to Washington D.C. this weekend to talk shop, lobby federal officials and meet with President Barack Obama, California Gov. Jerry Brown will stay behind.

"He's got pressing business here in the state of California," spokesman Gil Duran said this morning.

The Democratic governor, with a $26.6 billion budget deficit and a deadline for a resolution looming, will miss National Governors Association sessions on economic development, education and public finance, and also a "black-tie evening" at the White House, according to the governors association. The governors are scheduled to meet with Obama and Cabinet secretaries Monday.

Brown's predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, used the association's winter meetings to lobby federal officials on state budget issues, while also holding political fundraisers and making national media appearances.

Brown, who once had presidential aspirations and the need for a nationwide stage, did not attend a meeting of governors-elect with Obama in November. Nor did he go to the Bay Area to see the president last week.

Asked if the governor wouldn't miss face time with federal officials before whom the state has budget interests, Duran said, "He prefers to rub elbows with the people of California."



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