Willie Brown

(Willie Lewis Brown Jr.)

Willie Brown
Willie Brown
  • Born: March 20, 1934
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: politician

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Willie Lewis Brown Jr. is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Brown served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker and later served as the 41st mayor of San Francisco, the first African American to do so. Under the current California term-limits law, no Speaker of the California State Assembly will be permitted to have a longer tenure than Brown's. The San Francisco Chronicle called Brown "one of San Francisco's most notable mayors" who had "celebrity beyond the city's boundaries."

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Willie Brown The Ayatollah of the Assembly.
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Any politician that can’t take people’s money and then turn around and screw them, doesn’t belong in the business. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Being mayor of San Francisco is dealing with pot holes and dog doo. Miscellaneous
Do not completely defeat your opponents. Leave your opponents some dignity with which to walk off the field. They have been elected by some people and you have no right to dismember them… When you do that, you lose all semblance of leadership. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Everybody in politics writes a book and the books are dull—almost as dull as the people who wrote them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Flamboyance causes people to notice you—particularly press people. Media, Journalism & The Press
Go back to the kitchen. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I’ve always operated on the theory that I’d better be better and cleaner than my white counterparts. Discrimination & Prejudice
If you use power too loosely, you lose power. Power
In Sacramento you simply had to think about what the law ought to be and leave it to someone else to implement. In San Francisco, you hear about it the next day. Legislating & Legislative Process
In this crazy political business, at least in our times, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No one is ready to be President. If you end up with the title, you adjust to the position. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Nobody with the name of Barack Obama will win anything. Discrimination & Prejudice
Politics is my life. If I had a hobby, it would be politics. Policy & Policy Making
Street lights, dog-doo and parking meters are not my cup of tea. Miscellaneous
That's garbage. Why can't they catch me in a sex scandal. I could use some good publicity. Scandals
The Ayatollah of the Assembly. Nicknames
There wasn't a kid in my neighborhood who knew his dad. My mother did it for us, and she still thinks I'm an underachiever. Families, Children & Parenting
To win [elections] in this country these days you've got to campaign down to a 13-year-old's level of mental development. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We build more prisons than we do classrooms; the quality of the prisons is better than the quality of the classrooms. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours. Truth ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Mayors are judged by results.