I fought Wilson hard - and beat his butt. He tried to pack the state party with RINO's at the state election convention. He spent something like 3 mil on the campaign, giving lavish parties to promote his candidates.
I ran the first 'war room' using computers at that state convention - and we beat Wilson, completely. He didn't get even one of his RINO's elected to the state party structure.
Deukmajian replaced Jerry Brown in 1982, re-elected in 1986.
“You must have forgotten - Wilson was governor - replaced by Deukmajian, a real conservative.”
Wilson beat Jerry Brown for the US Senate in 1982, the same year Deukmajian beat Tom Bradley for governor. Wilson actually followed Deukmajian as governor in 1990, after the Duke served two terms.
You’ve got it mixed up. Wilson followed Deukmajian and killed CA for the GOP with the Prop 187 overreach and his “great” governing. He begat Grey Davis (Jerry Brown’s old chief of staff) who was recalled in his second term giving us Arnold followed by Jerry Brown Part II.