“Darned Good” Republican Meg Whitman’s Campaign for California Governor Self-Destructs With Revelation She Endorsed Democrat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2003

Posted Posted in Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner

Meg Whitman has already been struggling with her GOP bonafides with her recent re-registration from a DTS (Decline to State) voter to the Republican Party and this revelation will not help her – AT ALL.
Former eBay executive Meg Whitman, the 2010 gubernatorial candidate who has recently portrayed herself as a “darned good” conservative Republican, endorsed Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2003, records show.

“Whitman contributed $4,000 to Boxer in the 2004 reelection campaign — and endorsed Boxer as a part of Technology Leaders for Boxer,” confirmed Boxer aide Rose Kapolczynski today.

And, she signed an “open letter” appealing for support from the California technology executives, touting Boxer as a “dynamic and courageous leader” on the tech front.

Whitman’s name was included in a “Friends of Boxer” release when the committee of a dozen technology leaders was formed in 2003 to assist the California Democrat in her 2004 re-election effort, which pitted her against GOP former Secretary of State Bill Jones.

The move by Whitman to back the Democratic junior Senator came about because “in the spring of 2003, some technology leaders were interested in announcing their support for Boxer, so our campaign went out and talked to a wide range of leaders. And Meg Whitman was among them,” Kapolcyznski said.

“She agreed to endorse the Senator…there was a fundraising event in Silicon Valley later in the year and Whitman maxed out to the campaign,” she said.

Looks like the race for California governor in 2010 will be California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s to lose.

And, how will this affect former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s bid to unseat Barbara Boxer?

If Carly Fiorina decides to run, that is.


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Bill Clinton to Endorse San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for California Governor – Republicans Cheer

Posted Posted in Bill Clinton, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner

San Francisco Mayor Gavin “Whether You Like it or Not” Newsom

Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner must be dancing this morning.
Former President Bill Clinton is backing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for California governor over state Attorney Gen. Jerry Brown, potentially upending next year’s Democratic race to succeed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Clinton’s decision to appear on Oct. 5 alongside one of his wife’s top backers in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination comes at a critical time for the San Franciso mayor: Although Newsom has built a substantial Facebook and Twitter following among younger voters, Brown, a former two-term governor, has raised more than twice as much money as he has.

Clinton’s trip to California next month is expected to include an event in predominantly Latino East Los Angeles as well as a high-dollar fundraiser.

While the endorsement of a former president is big news in any state, the former chairman of the California Democratic Party thinks it could be especially significant in California, a state where Clinton has had a strong following ever since he beat Brown in the state’s 1992 presidential primary.

These are delusions of grandeur on the part of Newsom and the California Far Left. Jerry Brown has the support of mainstream labor and will pillage Newsom with television ads next Spring before the June 2010 Democrat Primary election.

California voters are disgruntled in any event(tired of decades of Democrat control of the Legislature) and the REAL race for California Governor is between the two Republicans, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner. Californians will not vote for an old man retread pol or a young morally challenged San Francisco Mayor.

Flap looks forward to the divisive Democrat primary though.


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California GOP Angst: The Problem With Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman

Posted Posted in Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner
meg whitman and carly fiorina

Former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman and California GOP governor candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and undeclared GOP candidate for U.S. Senate

The Problem?

They could NOT be bothered TO VOTE.

  • Carly Fiorina –  Voted in 5 of 18 elections, 2000-08

  • Meg Whitman  – Voted in 6 of 13 elections, 2002-07

This failure to vote is a big deal for Flap and WILL be a vote breaker for Flap in a California GOP Primary election. Luckily, the GOP has other candidates in each race:

Steve Poizner who is the GOP California Insurance Commissioner and

Chuck DeVore who is a GOP California Assemblyman

Now, will Poizner and Devore be able to exploit this vulnerability?

Stay tuned…..


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John McCain to Endorse Meg Whitman for California Governor Tomorrow

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Romney McCain and Whitman

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., flanked by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, makes a statement on the economy after an economic roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio, Octoober 27, 2008

In a political tit for tat, Senator John McCain will endorse former eBay CEO Meg Whitman for California Governor tomorrow.

Although Whitman hasn’t officially announced her candidacy, McCain will endorse the Republican at a town hall meeting in Orange County and then join her in Fresno for a news conference. Whitman’s spokesman Mitch Zak said that McCain’s support “continues the campaign’s momentum.”

“John McCain is an American hero,” Zak said of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. “We’re honored and humbled to have his endorsement. We’re looking forward to working with him to improve California.”

Whitman served as national co-chair of McCain’s presidential campaign. She received another endorsement Thursday when House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, announced that he was backing her.

“The state needs a leader with a creative vision, with a formula for success that can address the fiscal challenges that you face and there is no one better than Meg Whitman,” Cantor said in a statement posted on Whitman’s web site. “I’m very honored to be part of her team.”

Meg Whitman has positioned herself well with national GOP leaders McCain, Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor endorsing her before a contested primary. Although this will be a blow to California Republican Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner candidacy it will not necessarily be a fatal one. The other GOP candidate Tom Campbell can only hope that the ad war between Whitman and Poizner turns off California voters.

Steve Poizner continues with an overwhelming majority of endorsements from state GOP leaders but unless he makes a positive case soon, the ads from McCain and Mitt Romney supporting Whitman will simply overwhelm his candidacy.

Update:

Here is video with Eric Cantor endorsing Whitman:


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Conservative Fire Doused: GOP Representative Tom McClintock NOT to Run for California Governor

Posted Posted in Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner, Tom McClintock

Well, it is NOT going to happen.

On The Capitol Hour With Eric Hogue today, the excitement over a potential Tom McClintock bid for governor cascaded over the airwaves like splashing whitewater from a heavy Sierra snow melt.

“This could be the positive, perfect storm for the conservatives,” Hogue said as he opened his noon-1 p.m. program. He fired up listeners on “intelligent conservative talk” KTKZ AM 1380 over internet chatter suggesting that 4th District Rep. McClintock may indeed contemplate a 2010 run against perceived party moderates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.

Hogue said three sources told him that polling for the race is underway on McClintock’s behalf.

But then McClintock doused the story.

“I just want to make it very clear that there is absolutely no truth whatsoever to any rumor I am considering running for governor,” he said in a phone call to Capitol Alert. “I have not done any polling and I have not wavered from my position that, if nominated, I will not run and, if elected, I will not serve. I don’t know how I can make it any plainer or clearer than that.”

Rep. Tom McClintock was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at the Sacramento Tax Day Tea Party.

After a closely fought congressional race last November, might Representative Tom McClintock be angling for another run for California Governor?

There are rumors on the LEFT and RIGHT.

There is little doubt that McClintock would do the polling and with three moderate Republicans in the race, Tom would appeal to the California conservative base.

But, two questions:

1. Would McClintock vacate a relatively safe Northern California Congressional seat which has NO term limits and…..

2. How would McClintock raise the money to run against two mega-millionaires, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner who would run against him in the GOP primary election?

Stay tuned…..

Update:

McClintock’s office is now denying the report and blaming the Dems who continue to covet his Northern California Congressional District for a bit of opposition drill.

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