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photo (39).JPGThe ongoing trade mission in China kept Gov. Jerry Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown from attending this weekend's Caliornia Democratic Party convention in Sacramento, but California's first family didn't go completely unrepresented at the three-day event.

Sutter Brown, the Pembroke Welsh corgi that has been in the care of the Browns since soon after the 2010 election, made a scheduled appearance on a convention center terrance this morning for a photo opportunity with delegates and other attendees.

The set up was reminiscent of the photo lines erected for photo opportunities with high-profile fundraiser guests, with staff to keep the line moving and hold guests' bags during the shoot, a professional photographer and security on hand. These photos, however, were free for the more than 50 Sutter fans who filed through Sunday morning.

Many guests giddily gave Sutter scratches as the camera snapped. One woman asked if she could give him a hug.

Sutter seemed to be enjoying the attention, as well as the warmth of the blue fur-covered tablecloth serving as a backdrop for photos, though he wasn't as interested in striking a pose for the camera. His preferred position as the appearance came to an end was belly up.

Convention-goers seemed to understand Sutter's lazy Sunday attitude.

"I know you were working the convention last night," Andra Hoffman, a candidate for a Democratic Assembly seat in the San Fernando Valley, said as she gave Sutter a belly rub. "You're tired, too."


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