Candidate for Calif. Gov. Meg Whitman Makes Valley Visit

September 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Republican candidate for Governor Meg Whitman announced her run for office just two days ago and already is under fire from one of her opponents. The Bay Area businesswoman was in the Valley Thursday and responded to attacks about her unusual voting record.The former CEO of E-Bay spoke to the Valley Venture Forum in Clovis. The audience included local businessmen and women ... investors, educators and civic leaders. Whitman told the audience that she wants to translate what she's learned in the business world to running the state of California. But she's barely out of the campaign gate and she's already coming under fire for her voting record ... or lack of one.

One of Whitman's Republican opponents, State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said quote, "She never voted ... never voted once before 2002. Yet she continues to try to deceive the public, even when confronted with the facts."

A Sacramento Bee investigation has in fact revealed Meg Whitman never cast a ballot in any election until seven years ago. But the republican candidate did not try to dodge the issue when asked about it.

Whitman said, "I mean there is no excuse ... not voting in every single election and not using a right that's granted to every citizen ... and I should have and I didn't."

Whitman is focused on her agenda which is to cut spending, create jobs and keep jobs in California and revamp public education.

She said, "If the voters choose to send me to Sacramento ... then they'll know what I stand for and I will deliver even though the process of delivering on reforming education, cutting government spending and making California a better place to do business. People will be unhappy with you because you are threatening entrenched interests."

Whitman says if elected, she can accomplish her goals using two important weapons: the line item veto and appointments. The governor makes 4-thousand appointments to high level state positions. Whitman says her background in business has taught her leaders have as much power as the followers around them.

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