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Democratic Party strategists launch ads targeting GOP's Meg Whitman

Original post made on Feb 27, 2010

A group of California Democratic strategists have debuted several radio ads charging that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is using her personal wealth to avoid traditional campaign scrutiny.

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Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

From what I've read, Meg Whitman hasn't been a registered voter for several years at least. I have no interest in her whatsoever, regardless of her qualifications if she can't take the time to vote.

Posted by Larry, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I'm getting sick of seeing Whitman's commercials on TV every 5 minutes (also radio). She thinks she can just buy the election. I know she is a CEO, but treating the state government like a business never works. She can whine all she wants about "big government", but turning government over to profit-obsessed coporations (see health insurance companies) is the worst idea.

Posted by Rat Turd, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

What are the other alternatives? Campbell, Jerry Brown 2, do we really have to have a governor and legislature? Seems to me we would have less damage without them?!?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I would rather vote the neighborhood squirrel into office...

Posted by Rat Turd, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

We should run without for a year or so and see what transpires. Did you see McNerney at the Toyota hearings last week? What an embarrassment.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Lower Taxes - check
Cut Spending - check
Revitalize Education - check
Not an incumbent - check

I still want to to her plans to deliver behind these promises, but so far she's got my attention.

Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Not to be picky, but "Democrat Party," then "Democratic strategists" on the first line? Something wrong there perhaps?

As for Whitman, I don't see anything new that every other republican hasn't already campaigned on. If she wants to see California as a business, that gets me really worried. They ran G.W. as an oil business man and all his companies failed and our country is struggling because of him. Her business track record is pitiful and the same old cutting taxes isn't going to be the magic bullet.

One thing that should already disqualify her is her millionaire status. How can she relate to the average Californian if she's wealthy? CEOs aren't aren't known for their altruism. In fact, they'd rather lay people off than cut their own ridiculous salaries. I don't want someone in there who only sees me as a social security number, thanks.

Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Ace Smith is the Dems #1 utility man, interesting they call their campaign level the playing field. They have a weak hitter coming up in perennial DH Jerry Brown. If they knock out Whitman in the primary, they have a better shot in November

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I agree with Janna. I'm appalled by the horrible things that have happened to many people in California, massive layoffs, people unable to afford their homes...foreclosures...bankruptcy.

In some ways it reminds of of England during the industrial revolution. The company owners living in nice houses while the worker bees bringing in the bucks and doing the grunt work all living in shanty towns in deplorably conditions.

Posted by Elaine, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

It doesn't surprise me in the least that you believe running California more "like a business" worries you. Heaven forbid that California cuts spending, lower taxes, and attracts more private sector businesses like Texas! We need more and more people totally dependent on the State and Federal government like you are...for "fairness" reasons! The benchmark for California should be welfare FOR ALL!

YES WE CAN!!! (i.e. be totally dependent on welfare)...should be our motto according to your philosophy Janna!

Posted by Don't fire til you see the whites of their eyes, a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

Yeah, I love it when people make the assumption that if someones successful they must be bad. Oh no, we don't want someone running our state who actually succeeded in the real world. Just because someones successful should not be a disqualification to run for office. If they're willing to put their money where their mouth is, more power to 'em. We californians are discerning. We're not gonna vote in some corporate oligarch just because they tell us to with lots of expensive commercials. We're listening to her message, and we like it

I voted for Obama. So don't see me as a Republican mouthpiece. And I'm most definitely voting for Meg

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

Don't fire... I do not have a problem with someone successful running for political office, such as Insurance Comm. Poziner. At least he has put in the time to learn the ropes. We have had two very costly mistakes by Gov. Schwarzenegger, a vanity candidate, while he learns as he goes. Another vanity candidate, such as Whitman may incur the results.

I have learned that those posing as white knights either have hidden agendas or prove to a costly mistake.

Posted by Don't fire til you see the whites of their eyes, a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

Arnold was the bomb! He stood up to the unions and the corporate oligarchs, which is why both SEIU and Glenn Beck attacked him. God Bless Arnold! He tried to get rid of junk food in the schools, but the unions wanted it there so they could tax it to pay for themselves. They built an elaborate campaign of lies saying that "he wants to take money away from children!" What a bunch of sheisters. Arnold wants to rebuild our infrastructure and do it without increasing taxes, but instead redelegating money away from wasteful government expenditures, such as welfare for illegals. Arnold was spot on, which is why he got attacked by both leftist wingnuts and corporatist goons. He protected our environment, stood up for the physical and mental health of our children, attempted to rebuild our infrastructure once again to first world status, end illegal immigration, and that's why he was targeted by all you traitors on the extreme left and right

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

Don't fire..., doesn't take much to draw out people like you.

Regarding "...he was targeted by all you traitors on the extreme left and right." Really? I did not know I was a traitor. Last time I checked I love where I am come from and where I live.

This also the country that allows people like you and me to express an opinion.

If Schwarzenegger wasn't such a show-boater he may have more success. I will grant you one thing, our system of government in Sacramento needs major change, starting with a simple majority to pass a budget plus not gerrymandering political districts.

I just do not want Whitman. As mentioned previously, these white knights are not a good thing.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

Fortunately, arnie was unable to control our southern border and for that I am thankful!

The US business community has absolutely no interest in halting illegal immigration and my prediction is that "illegals" will continue to flood the gates by the tens of thousands on a daily basis!

The US government also knows how much "illegals" contribute to the US economy and keep it afloat!

Yup, were it not for the "illegals", America would not shine as brightly!


Posted by Reality, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm

FYI Turd, Campbell is not running for's Moonbeam & Whitman.
The finest candidate for any office ever who is smart, experienced, and loaded with integrity is Tom Campbell for Senator running to replace [Portion Removed] Boxer.
Moonbeam Brown unionized our public employees ! So regardless of the petty, piddly, irrelevant, irrational excuses that ignorant voters spout off, all that matters is electing a GOV that will stand up to this incompentent, greedy DEM Legislature that has been running the state for decades.
And D Mike I can tell you what's worse a GOV that's NEVER had a real job, but winds up in his 70's nevering having had a real job....just floating from one public paycheck to another, collecting assorted public pensions along the way. But Janna, loves public leeches, instead of educated, accomplished, self-made millionaires..(go figure?) So she won't be voting for millionaire Feinstein and the VERY long list of Dem candidates that became milionaires while holding offices, and losers who run for office for 'retirement' benefits. Scary living in town with so many petty, ill-informed people.

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Reality, a resident of the Another Pleasanton..., okay, I agree with you on Campbell with respect to Republican candidates. But, name calling of Senator Boxer just dimished your credability.

So what have you done? Want to run for office and show us how it's really done? Then we can call you [Portion Removed]? Hey, you could be Senator Boxer's illegitimate son!!

Let's stop the name calling...

Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 1, 2010 at 7:56 am

All that matters is electing a Republican Governor that will stand up to the incompentent Progressive Liberal Democrat Legislature that has CAUSED California's fall. Arnold was unsuccessful in standing up to them.

But electing a Democrat to Govern the children in the Democrat Legislature - oh God Help us!!!

A Republican Governor is our only hope to rebuild California. And yes, a CEO who knows that Conservatism and Free Market principles is the only way back to prosperity.

Prosperity, not the Welfare State, will bring back our jobs.

Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Mar 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

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Unless the Legislature is cleaned up (voting all incumbents out and replacing them with fiscal conservatives) it won't matter much who is Gov.
I'm afraid this is too big a task and we won't see much change in our lifetimes. It takes so long for the pendulum to swing the other way, but it eventually will---when the maojority of Californians finally tire of the liberal, bleeding heart PC politics.

Posted by Rat Turd, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Well I am ready to try for once and run California like a business because we know for sure that running it like a welfare state is disasterous and is killing us. We need manufacturing jobs in this state the put people back to work and not to create more expensive non contributing government jobs.

Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

We desperately need Manufacturing jobs, but Obama appointed Ron Bloom as his "Manufacturing Czar" who is on tape saying, "We know that the Free Market is non-sense". This doesn't make sense, so what is our president's agenda?

There are many historical precedents of countries and empires failing after having lost their productive capacity. It is an ancient concept: a country that does not have industry cannot support an army.

Posted by marginal, a resident of Canyon Creek
on Mar 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

it's all soundbites. there are no plans, and she will buy her way into office.
people do not look past the image. there is no substance provided.
she is a magazine cover as far as people know, and that's it.

Posted by Gary Schwaegerle, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

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

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