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From eBay to the Statehouse?

Original post made on Sep 25, 2009

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman announced Tuesday that she's seeking the Republican nomination for California's governor to succeed another Republican, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who can't seek re-election because of the state's term limit law.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 25, 2009, 11:56 AM

Comments (22)

Posted by !, a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Jeb...Thank you for your thorough article on conservative Meg Whitman.

I look forward to more coverage in the PW on conservatives to balance out what many believe is an over-emphasis, with zero scrutiny, about very liberal Democrats

Posted by Douglas Kendall, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 25, 2009 at 8:53 pm

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That was an excellant article by Jeb.
But he clearly missed the REAL reason Meg is running.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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China might buy us.

Posted by Joseph, a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm

She looks like that Susan Boyle singer.

Posted by m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

She DOES look like Susan Boyle!!!

Posted by common sense, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Does Tina Fey do a good Meg Whitman impression?

Posted by Ryan, a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Tina Fey is a one trick pony.

Posted by Obama's garage sale, a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

China is smarter than you think. They realize that Obama's spending spree (yes, on top of Bush's) has rendered America not very marketable. China would only purchase us if Obama lowered his pricetag...and I would not be surprised if he did so.

Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Doesn't China already own a lot of the US? What about all those Treasury bills?

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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Obama's garage sale,

Yes, China is pretty smart. They game our free market system to their advantage, using capitalism against us. China is just waiting to snap up California's oil.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 27, 2009 at 1:29 am

She sounds kinda like Arnold when he first ran for governor but that's ok. If she can get her self elected and deal with the corruption in Sacramento(Democrat, and, Republican)more power to her...

It's possible she could have made a mistake by injecting the "Bush" name into her speech. The Dem's will probably have a field day with that one...

I don't know if it will be a problem for her but wasn't it reported she hasn't cast a vote in an election for some time. Someone on the radio(don't remember who)was saying that, up until now, it would seem she couldn't have been too concerned about the direction the state was taking, since she didn't bother to vote...

I don't understand who in their right mind would be interested in being governor of this screwed up state...

Whitman vs Campbell vs Poizner vs Brown vs Newsom...

Let the mud slinging begin!!!

Posted by m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

the only sad thing is going from a way-cool movie star to a gazillionaire Susan Boyle look-alike ... I'm not so sure China is interested in ugly women representatives of states ... but then again, cash in those treasury notes and voila ... you own californ-I_aye ... to me that's a bummer ... I thought we could do a lot better than that.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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Who cares what Susan Boyle looks like? She can sing!

Posted by bob123, a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

Apparently did not vote before something like 2000 or 2002 and not registered as Republican until 2007---so chances are slim to none that all her money buys her a position on the Republican ticket!

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

I would like to know what she paid for her pearl necklace. I imagine they are probably South Sea, in which case each individual pearl would be worth a significant amount, and a matching set??

Pearls are wonderful, but the size of the ones she's wearing make the necklace look a bit gaudy.

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Oct 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Ms. Whitman is vanity candidate. She did not register until recently, did not vote much until recently, and supported Rep. Boxer in 2003.

The only people to benefit from her are the PR firms and people she hires for her campaign.

Right now, I would vote for Brown. In spite of the cynics, he has moved to the center (may be to the right judging by the way he ran Oakland...). But if it's Newsom v. Campbell or Poziner, I will likely vote for either Campbell or Poziner.

Posted by Nancy, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Uh, someone ought to tell Meg that we are 48 out of 50 in per pupil spending and not performance! And yes, Meg, I would agree...a tragedy that we are 48 out of 50!

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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Is that ranking using the Education Week method or the NEA method? In straight dollars, California is somewhere in the middle in per pupil spending. Education Week does some adjustments and it is anyone's guess as to the accuracy of their calculations.

Web Link

Posted by Won't vote for Meg, a resident of California Somerset
on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Come on Meg are you serious? Govenor and you couldn't get out to vote in how many years? You never cared to vote for the school board trustees at your children's schools, bond measures or parcel taxes that affected your family as well as your neighbors?

Vanity is right! "I've had it all, now I want to dedicate my life to helping others." Blah, blah, blah. Shows how little you know when you think it's that easy.

Even (non-pol)Arne's charm and popularity couldn't save him from an approval rating which is currently 5 points above Gray Davis' when we threw him out of office. Meg, you aren't that charming, attractive or popular.
Governing Califonia is not for the faint of heart.

Please feel free to stimulate the economy with your personal fortune, but don't think we're stupid enough to elect you.

Posted by Michael, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I would vote for a drunkin monkey if I thought they could do something to help the economy and take on big government.

Posted by Gary Schwaegerle, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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We must be Grateful to Meg; many are saying she will not Win. So let us say "Thank You very much for providing her portion $162 million dollar "Stimulus Package" contribution to "The Kalifornia Economy" For those that work in Political campaigning, Media, printing, air time, photographers, News People, Fuel, tires, Restaurants, Motels & more. "THANK YOU! Meg Whitman for Giving Back to California where Dreams can Come True!" Sincerely, Gary Schwaegerle

Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm

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I'd like to know how she is considered fiscally conservative when she is a former CEO and has spent apparently $163M of her own money to fund her campaign? How can anyone who lives here and works a real job feel she is going to care about their well-being? Oh, that's right, republicans know they'll get rich 'someday' and they'll need those fiscally conservative policies to stay rich. Good luck with that.

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