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Roger Gitlin: My money is on Meg Whitman for governor

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Posted: August 14, 2010 6:13 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Who is Meg Whitman? Is she your typical bored billionaire looking to buy her way into office? I don’t really know, and quite frankly, I don’t really care if she spends millions of her own money to be California’s next governor. If nothing else, her money helps the economy, creates lots of employment and plenty of jobs in media and advertising that wouldn’t necessarily be there if a pauper like me were running for the state’s top office.

I know, without doubt, without equivocation, the alternative to Whitman is far, far worse than anyone could imagine.

I am voting for Whitman for governor.

The consensus is the Republicans will stage a stunning defeat of Democrats in November, and may win as many as 60 seats. The Senate is also in play and Republicans may also win the upper house. How will that translate into California politics? Uncertain. One thing is for sure, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are planning their assault Nov. 3 during the lame-duck Congress.

There is just too much at stake. California has too much to lose if voters send aging ideologue Jerry Brown back for a third term as the state’s highest elected official.

Is Whitman my first choice for governor? Is she the promised candidate I would have preferred to guide California out of this darkest of black holes? No, she is most certainly not my first choice. But right now, Whitman is the absolute best choice for governor.

Last week, she appeared on the controversial John and Ken talk show on KFI AM 640.

No sugar-coating this, Santa Clarita: Whitman had a “bad hair day” as she dodged and weaved verbal rocks from John and Ken on immigration, education and the environment. I am not going to dwell on some of her gaffes, but her position on the important issue of illegal immigration was, simply stated, appalling.

For instance, Whitman would not implement the highly efficient E-Verify system in California because, “It only has a 90-percent success rate. ... Send it back to Washington for improvement.” E-Verify actually enjoys a 96-percent success rate, according to the Labor Department.

Whitman is working both sides of the street to appeal to conservatives like myself, and to many in the Democratic Party who, quite frankly, aren’t too enthralled with the direction our state is heading.

I had a long heart-to-heart with local Republican activist Bob Haueter. He delivered some sobering information I needed to ponder before I started to rail on Whitman. Approximately 30 percent of registered voters are Republican; 44 percent are registered Democrats. The remaining 26 percent are considered independents or fail to state their political affiliation. Whitman will need to sweep the table on Republicans, garner some 12-15 percent of Democrats and win at least half of the independents to win this election. It’s a daunting task, but I believe Whitman can pull off the victory. After listening to Haueter and reflecting on his view of the California political landscape, I determined Whitman is my candidate for essentially two reasons.

In the last month, California added $1 billion more in red ink. The state budget deficit is about $20 billion at the time of this writing. If Brown is elected governor, you can guarantee your taxes will go up. From sales tax to income tax, count on the out-of-control Assembly and state Senate raising every conceivable tax they can find to fund the wild out-of-control spending. If elected, Brown would  be a good Democratic lap dog and sign new taxes it into law. With Whitman as governor, she promises — and I believe her — to veto news taxes on arguably the highest-taxed state in the union.

As you are all aware, we are completing the 2010 census. As a result, the Legislature will take up congressional reapportionment. New congressional districts will be formed. California will most likely retain all of its 53 congressional districts. The left in Sacramento will reapportion as many of those Republican-held seats and merge those seats into new districts. For instance, the highly conservative 25th District represented by Howard “Buck” McKeon  may very well be gerrymandered into a district that would resemble a Rorschach test, for sole purpose of adding as many registered Democrats to the 25th as possible.

The Pelosi-directed lame-duck House will instruct Sacramento to merge several Republican districts for the 2012 election. The Democratic Assembly and state Senate would create new Democratic districts, and an all-too-willing Brown would rubber-stamp his approval.

Whitman would not sign that into law, of that I am certain.

A vote for Brown is a vote for big unions — Unacceptable.

A vote for Brown is a vote for more spending — Unacceptable.

A vote for Brown is a vote for higher taxes — Unacceptable.

For those of you considering opting out of the election, I suggest you reconsider. An abstention is a vote for Brown, ex-Gov. Moonbeam. Unacceptable!

Right now, the race is very close; indeed, your vote will matter significantly. Vote Meg Whitman for governor of California.

Roger Gitlin is a retired teacher, founder of the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen and state director of the Patriot’s Coalition. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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