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.
Gloria Allred presents Nicky Diaz, the illegal alien maid who sunk the Meg Whitman for California Governor campaign
You know, it is Meg Whitman’s money, she earned it and can spend it as she likes. Today, California Watch has a piece on where all of the campaign cash went and the sweet paydays a whole bunch of political folks received.
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.
What I could never understand was why with all of that wealth, Meg Whitman and her physician husband could not or would not help Nicky Diaz with an immigration attorney?
Guess other California voters wondered the same thing and voted for Jerry Brown.
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.
Read it all.
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.
Former California governor Jerry Brown on the Ronn Owens radio show (KGO-San Francisco) on April 9, 1996.
Granted it was in 1996 but Jerry Brown’s thought processes are the same today: Far Left “Moonbeam” nonsense, no matter how you spin it.
Meg Whitman is not the most perfect candidate but compared to Brown……well, just wait, if this career idiot is elected.
California Republican Governor candidate Meg Whitman and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina downing shots of tequila last Friday night during a Hispanic 100 Award Gala
SE: Politicians are much maligned in America right now. If you want some love, why not go into the NFL or hip hop?
CF: Because I throw like a girl, and my hip-hop skills are worse than Betty White’s.
But in all seriousness, the last thing I want to do is become a politician. I am doing this because I think our nation is headed in the wrong direction and I think that my experience in job creation can help inform the solutions to our challenges.
I think our government was designed to be comprised of citizens from the real world who took time to serve a term or two in Congress
and then to return to private life. That’s what I think our Founding Fathers intended in establishing a citizen government. But in recent decades, we’ve seen more and more career politicians who become beholden to the special interest groups that fund their campaigns and who are more interested in winning re-election than they are in serving their constituents.
SE: Who would you want to play you in a movie?
CF: Annette Bening.
SE: Your house is going up in flames and you can save one (non-living) thing. What is it?
CF: A painting my mother completed that hangs in our living room.
SE: If you can make one promise to voters, what would it be?
CF: I will never forget whom I work for. I will always want to hear from my employers, the people of California, and I will always want them to be honest with me, whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly.
And, Carly can have some fun.
Quite a contrast from Babs Boxer, no?
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Oh My and this gaffe, reportedly, Jerry Brown’s wife who said the word will not endear him to California voters.
KTLA Los Angeles coverage of a Jerry Brown campaign aide calling Meg Whitman a “Whore”
What will be the fall out?
California voters are getting fed up with all of the television ads and the personal BS of the Brown Vs. Whitman campaign.
Jerry Brown is trying to cultivate some likability and this certainly won’t help him by making Whitman a sympathetic figure, particularly after her illegal alien maid flap.
Advantage Whitman, especially if she runs some ads.
More problems for Meg Whitman in her race to beat Jerry Brown.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca weighed in on the governor’s race Wednesday, endorsing Democratic candidate Jerry Brown.
Baca, a registered Republican, cited Brown’s record on public safety in an announcement released on Brown’s campaign website.
“Jerry Brown has championed the rights of crime victims, toughened criminal penalties and developed innovative crime-fighting technologies,” Baca said in the statement. “Jerry Brown has always stood with me and my deputies and I am proud to stand with him in his campaign for governor.”
Whitman needs to win a portion of Los Angeles County to be competitive with Jerry Brown and the endorsement by a REPUBLICAN law enforcement official does not help – at all.
Older California voters remember Jerry Brown appointing far left judges who opposed the death penalty among other things but with Baca’s endorsement it sends the message that Brown is not soft on crime – which he is.
Sheriff Baca endorsing Jerry Brown is a blow to Meg Whitman’s electoral chances and one has to wonder if there will be more GOP defections as Whitman sinks in the polls.