Like flowers blooming in the spring, Republican candidates for governor have begun to pop up during the last few weeks.
But there’s a key difference between the folks jumping up this time and many who ran in gubernatorial primaries of the last two decades:
There are no billionaires among the early entrants. There is no one with the financial wherewithal of people like airline mogul Al Checchi, former Congresswoman Jane Harman (whose big money came from her late husband’s electronics business), financier William Simon, developer Phil Angelides, software innovator Steve Poizner and former eBay executives Steve Westly and Meg Whitman.
There is also no one with the political experience of a Poizner or a Westly or an Angelides, all of whom held statewide office before running for governor...