Meg Whitman

Does Meg Whitman’s Lack of Voting Disqualify Her From California Governor’s Race?

Web Video from California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a GOP candidate for California Governor: Sacramento Bee: “… Whitman regularly skipped elections in California and several other states where she lived and worked.

It doesn’t look good for her candidacy.

These Republican gubernatorial primaries are getting bloody awfully early, and the other millionaire in the California race, Steve Poizner, sees his opening: The Sac Bee’s report that there’s no record Whitman has ever voted.

He hammers her in this new spot, and his supporters are gleefully circulating a transcript today of her weak, programmed response to questions:…….

The Washington Post over the weekend pretty much sums up the flap.

Certainly not every citizen has a perfect record of voting in national, state and local elections. Nor do some people who have sought election to office. Schwarzenegger did not vote in the 1996 and 2000 presidential primary or general elections. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a prospective Republican candidate for Senate in California next year, skipped the presidential primaries in 2000 and 2004 and the primary and general elections in 2006.

Failure to vote from time to time is understandable and has rarely been seen as disqualifying for those seeking public office. But Whitman’s record appears to go beyond occasional absences. Setting aside the question of whether she was registered before 2002, her slender record is striking for its apparent indifference to the political process.

Flap is NOT ready yet to say “put a fork in Whitman – she’s done.”But, she has a long road to the GOP nomination and a win against Jerry Brown or Gavin Newsom.

Some will surmise her voting record is an insurmountable obstacle to election.

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