Gov. Jerry Brown hardly involved himself in the statewide primary election Tuesday, but in the few contests in which the Democratic governor did endorse a candidate or issue public praise, his record wasn't great.
Carmen Trutanich, Brown's choice for Los Angeles County district attorney, was running third, poised to miss a November runoff. Brown made a robotic telephone appeal for the candidate, who had issued a favorable statement about Brown's prison realignment program.
In the throw-down between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman in Southern California's 30th Congressional District, Brown's choice - Berman - finished second. The two will face each other in a runoff in the fall.
Brown issued a public statement praising - though not endorsing - Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher in his bid for mayor of San Diego. Fletcher, who abandoned the Republican Party to become an independent during the campaign, finished third, missing a November runoff.
The candidate Brown publicly praised appeared to be doing better in Assembly District 50, where Assemblywoman Betsy Butler held a narrow lead. Four candidates remain separated by less than 2 percentage points in the race this afternoon.