Gov. Jerry Brown (D-California) turns 79 today, and newly-confirmed US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was among the first to wish him a happy birthday.
“He’s being put out to pasture pretty soon, so I sent him a bicorne hat,” Gorsuch said.
When asked what the hat represented, Gorsuch told The Brie he doesn’t generally tell people what he thinks. We asked a few state legislators for their opinions.
“Well, the governor did say he has no future,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-63). “But is that any reason to insult him?”
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-5), who routinely wears a 10-gallon hat around the Capitol, said the gift was a compliment. “Gov. Brown has been an institution in this state for nigh on fifty years. He followed in his daddy’s footsteps, and his sister was almost elected governor, too. I think an imperial hat like that fits him to a T.”
Anna Caballero, a Democrat who serves Assembly District 30 and despite her name has never been seen wearing a cowboy hat, declined to comment.
The governor himself, who received a birthday pallet of $52 billion in cash from the supermajority of Democrats, was described by Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain as being “ever so slightly wistful” as he contemplates his final year in office.
Brown will reportedly have a piece of his momma’s banana cake later this evening. Judge Gorsuch will celebrate his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court by getting ready for the swearing-in ceremony next week.