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Thumbnail image for sutterbrown.jpgThe big question about Kathleen Brown's return to California, announced Monday, was whether the former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate might run again for public office.

She won't, she said.

"No, no thank you."

But then there is that other matter - the family dog.

When Brown left California for Chicago following her brother's election to be governor in 2010, she was moving to an apartment and a "pretty brutal winter," so she left her Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, in her brother's care.

The dog became a fixture at the Capitol, and the governor's office began referring to him as California's "first dog."

Kathleen Brown, who is moving to Los Angeles for a job at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, was asked if she would be taking him back.

She won't, she said.

"The dog is happily situated," Brown said, "and I wouldn't presume to disintermediate his celebrity status and special relationship with the first lady and the governor."

PHOTO: Sutter Brown makes an appearance at the Capitol on Feb. 14, 2011. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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