Never Vote For A Guy Named Napoleon

I found this story in the book, “Chief Justice: A Biography of Earl Warren” by Ed Cray, and from a conversation I had with a retired Nevada City policeman. He told me that everyone knew about the gambling dens, but rarely did anyone do anything about it until Pat Brown became California’s Attorney General.

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One Response to Never Vote For A Guy Named Napoleon

  1. I heard this story many years ago from somebody who knew the Brown family well:

    Pat Brown’s father ran a gambling operation in the back of his cigar shop. When Pat got elected district attorney of San Francisco, he told his father to shut-down the operation by the time he took the oath of office.

    About 2 weeks after he took office, the police chief told Brown that the gambling operation was still going strong. Brown’ s father kept avoiding his phone calls, so Brown told his mother that if the operation wasn’t shut-down by a certain date, the police would raid it the next day.

    Brown’s father went out of the gambling business and didn’t talk to his son for several years.

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