View Full Version : ACORN's "Mr" Moonbeam

11-23-2009, 10:31 AM
Californians have plenty of reasons not to trust their state attorney general to conduct an honest probe of ACORN and the hidden-camera videos that helped expose the group's criminal inclinations for the world to see.

That's because Jerry Brown's one gnarly dude. Like, totally.

The radical, perpetual office holder who handed out acorns during mayoral inauguration festivities in 1999 -- describing them as symbolizing "seeds of change" -- goes way back with ACORN.

The New Left crusader known as Governor Moonbeam when he was the state's chief executive from 1975 to 1983 has had close ties to the group for years, according to a former ACORN official.

ACORN endorsed Brown and performed voter registration and get-out-the-vote work for his campaigns for Oakland mayor and state attorney general, Fannie Brown (no relation) told me in an interview earlier this week.

A resident of Oakland who used to be a California state delegate on ACORN's national board, Fannie got fed up with ACORN's corruption.

ACORN's chief organizer, Bertha Lewis, expelled her from the group a year ago for asking too many questions about a million-dollar embezzlement perpetrated by the brother of founder Wade Rathke. She's now a member of the whistleblower group ACORN 8.