California Democrats urge Brown to spearhead gas tax repeal fight

California Governor Jerry Brown, heading into his last months in office, is staring down a capstone political challenge — an unexpectedly robust GOP effort to dismantle one of his legacy achievements.

The gas tax, designed to pay for the state’s infrastructure repairs for the next decade, is under threat of repeal from a November ballot measure that has energized the state’s moribund Republican Party. Already, the fight has all the ingredients of a monumental political clash: implications for the control of Congress, a test of Democrats’ ability to defend the fruits of their political dominance and the four-term governor’s lasting imprint on California are all at stake.

But as money pours into the campaign and Republican candidates signal they’re spoiling for a fight, California Democrats are wondering when, and how, Brown is going to wield his $15 million campaign war chest to beat back Proposition 6, which calls for repealing a 12-cent a gallon gas tax signed by Brown last year.

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