California Election 2010,  Dianne Feinstein,  Jerry Brown

Video: California Senator Dianne Feinstein Hedges on Run for California Governor

California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on MSNBC’s Hardball. Run the video ahead to the 8:00 mark for her comments on the California Governorship

Bad news for California Attorney General Jerry Brown as Dianne Feinstein continues to flirt with a run for California Governor to replace term-limited out Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brown all but announced his candidacy for the race earlier this week and has raised over $3 million.

But, Jerry Brown is worried about a Feinstein candidacy.

In any event, Brown will just have to wait for Feinstein to finally decide.

Feinstein: Well, as you know and I’ve said this, I take my new duty as chairman of the (Intelligence) Committee seriously. I want to see how it goes. You know, I’m one of those people that never says never. That’s just about the situation. It would be hard for me to do, no question, because I’ve got a 16-year commitment here.

On the other hand, I am really concerned about the state. You know, we’re now furloughing employees. We stopped all capital improvement projects. The state has a $42 billion deficit. There’s a structural deficit now built in. And I think whoever runs for the post of governor had better do so with a plan so that, if elected, that plan becomes their mandate to carry out.

Matthews: “When will you decide, you think?”

Feinstein: “Oh, later this year – most likely.”

Senator Feinstein freezes out other candidates like San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with these comments. It will be difficult for them to fundraise for a Governor race will Feinstein lingers about.

Jerry Brown is a definite go and a Feinstein-Brown Democrat Primary race in June 2010 will be a battle of the Titans – one which Feinstein has the advantage.  See the latest poll:

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