Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Tuesday that her party must change its approach on immigration if it wants to be successful in California.
“My view is that the immigration discussion, the rhetoric the Republican Party uses, is not helpful; it’s not helpful in a state with the Latino population we have,” Whitman said during a brief interview following a speech at a George W. Bush Institute conference on the economy. “We as a party are going to have to make some changes, how we think about immigration, and how we talk about immigration.”
In her remarks, among the first made by the former EBay chief since she spent $144 million of her fortune on her campaign loss to Democrat Jerry Brown, Whitman did not offer specific prescriptions.
Oh I get it – pander to the Hispanic vote so YOU can win an election. This will NEVER happen.
How about supporting sound government, including immigration policies, soliciting input of the Hispanic/Latino communities and communicate your ideas better?
And, most importantly, treating your Hispanic housekeeper like a true member of your family instead of kicking them out of their job and saying you don’t know me and I don’t know you.
The candidate was poised, motivated and smart as a whip. She had an impressive resume, influential supporters and unlimited resources.
In the end, none of it mattered. Meg Whitman’s Republican campaign for governor stalled over such issues as her alleged involvement in insider Wall Street stock deals and her alleged failure to pay her illegal-immigrant housekeeper.
It must have been frustrating indeed for the political professionals who ran the campaign. Whitman for Governor began with great promise, but it ended with a GOP official glumly declaring, “The Republican brand in this state is death.”
On the other hand, payday was sweet.
The final campaign finance report filed by the former eBay CEO and novice politician itemized $177 million of payments from the most expensive campaign in California history. However ineffective Whitman proved in making her case against Democrat Jerry Brown, her campaign spread the wealth – including $144 million of Whitman’s own fortune – to about 700 vendors, consultants and aides, records show.
Meg Whitman’s former lead spokesman is starting to speak up about the candidate’s losing race for governor. And he’s shouting about the need for Republicans to stop the demagoguery over illegal immigration.
Senior advisor Rob Stutzman isn’t exactly spilling his guts about the former EBay chief’s spectacular thumping. The billionaire lost to low-budget Jerry Brown by 54% to 41%, despite spending a record $160 million-plus, roughly $142 million of it her own money.
But the veteran Republican strategist is blaming the mini-landslide size of Whitman’s loss on some ugly dust-ups over illegal immigration that alienated Latinos from the GOP.
On Nov. 2, a record 22% of the California electorate was Latino. They voted heavily for Democrat Brown — somewhere between 64% and 80%, depending on which poll you believe.
Whatever the real figure, it should scare the GOP because Latinos are by far California’s fastest-growing voter group.
“Republicans need to understand that they live in suburbs with second-generation Mexican American neighbors whose parents came here and worked in agriculture and the service industries and are very proud” of their families’ success, Stutzman says.
“They sit around at cocktail parties and they listen on talk shows and hear their parents referred to as ‘illegals.’ And we wonder why these people don’t want to register as Republicans.”
Stutzman, 42, is no RINO — what right-wing ideologues deride as a Republican in Name Only — even if he did serve as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first communications director. His party credentials include communications jobs with former Atty. Gen. Dan Lundgren and state Senate Republicans. He also ran a successful 2000 initiative campaign to ban same-sex marriage.
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The Truth is Meg Whitman’s campaign was one of the worst run I have ever seen. What a waste of money and people’s resources. Stutzman and Mike Murphy milked Meg Whitman for whatever they could get out of her and helped lead the California GOP to disaster in November.
The California Latino demographics have been something, he has just now discovered?
Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor set a national spending record, and now looks like it will reach another milestone – becoming the first campaign not to participate in a traditional postelection conference where winning and losing strategists dissect their work and spill secrets about the machinations behind the scenes.
The conference has been held by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies after every gubernatorial contest since 1990. The 2010 Governor’s Race: The Inside Story is scheduled for Jan. 21-22.
I don’t think we’re going to go, said Rob Stutzman, a senior adviser to Whitman. It’s self-indulgent, by self-important scholars and journalists. It is what it is.
Stutzman said Whitman’s chief strategist Mike Murphy will definitely not attend, and he and other senior staffers don’t feel a need to participate.
Organizers, who could not recall a prior campaign declining to participate in the conference, said they had not heard back from any Whitman representatives and remained hopeful that someone would attend. Two representatives from Gov.-elect Jerry Brown’s team will participate – campaign manager Steve Glazer and senior adviser Joe Trippi.
Pretty bad form by Rob Stutzman and Mike Murphy. They should go and take their lumps – lumps they deserve as the campaign they ran was one of the most cataclysmic campaigns in California history.
The Meg Whitman Campaign for Governor launched a new television ad, “Cops’ Choice,” that underscores why Whitman has support from nearly 30,000 law enforcement professionals. The 15-second spot describes Jerry Brown’s soft-on-crime record.
Jerry Brown was “SOFT” on crime when he was California Governor in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Rose Bird, Brown’s appointee for California Supreme Chief Justice was a disaster and was recalled by California voters because of her refusal to enforce the California Death Penalty law among other things.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has launched a new ad slamming Jerry Brown’s record on crime, including his appointment of Rose Bird as California Supreme Court chief justice. The Bird court overturned 64 death penalty convictions. She and justices Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso were ousted from the court by voters in 1986.
The ad touts law enforcement groups that have endorsed Whitman, countering pro-Brown ads featuring other police and fire groups that have endorsed him.