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Poizner's 'vulture' ad debuts

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As I wrote in my previous post, the big question in the gubernatorial primary campaign was whether GOP candidate Steve Poizner would seize the Goldman Sachs controversies to attack Meg Whitman on her ties to the Wall Street investment giant.

Poizner answered that question today with the release of a new ad, "Vulture." The name comes from Whitman's financial disclosures that show a portion of her massive, widely diversified financial portfolio is invested in so-called "vulture funds," designed to profit from others' economic hard times.

The significance in this shift on Poizner's part is that his previous commercials, including one featuring former Ventura County lawmaker and conservative icon Tom McClintock, have essentially charged Whitman with not being conservative enough. That matters in a Republican primary, but those attacks were unlikely to weaken Whitman's standing with all-important moderate voters going into the general election campaign. But by hitting Whitman on the Goldman Sachs issue, Poizner is picking at a Whitman vulnerability that will linger into the general election.

Poizner told the Orange County Register the other day that he believes he is going to pull of one of the great political comebacks in California history, and that he hopes by May 10 his contest with Whitman will be "an incredible horse race." His strategy all along has been to hit late and hit hard.

Still, many Republicans will be cringing at his new commercial. If Whitman is the eventual nominee, this new attack will essentially amount to a multimillion-dollar contribution by Poizner to the campaign of Democratic nominee Jerry Brown.

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Have you listened to the This American Life interview of Poizner regarding his book? It is a "must hear" for anyone who thinks he should be the next governor of California. Jerry Brown has got to be hoping he will be the Republican candidate.

Jerry's got to be hoping for a miracle in November, no matter who the Republican nominee is. I grew up listening to this guy and he sounds even wackier now than when I was in high school -- in the flower power days.

Most likely it will be Whitman vs. Brown in the general though and I think we can look forward to a Republican Governor in November.

Re Whitman - anyone who thinks she would make a good governor of a state as desperately in need as California doesn't have a clue as to the work she did at eBay (which I believe is what she is touting as her claim to fame). She was basically ousted before eBay took the big inevitable fall everyone knew was coming thanks to Meg-gie's great leadership. The executive team is still working on undoing all her mistakes. She couldn't even keep a company as golden as eBay on track and, she's going to run California? GREAAAAAT... must be the same brilliant voters that thought Arnold would be a good choice.

Re Whitman - anyone who thinks she would make a good governor of a state as desperately in need as California doesn't have a clue as to the work she did at eBay (which I believe is what she is touting as her claim to fame). She was basically ousted before eBay took the big inevitable fall everyone knew was coming thanks to Meg-gie's great leadership. The executive team is still working on undoing all her mistakes. She couldn't even keep a company as golden as eBay on track and, she's going to run California? GREAAAAAT... must be the same brilliant voters that thought Arnold would be a good choice.

The argument goes of which Obama wants to reach out to a demographic that wouldn’t typically vote in midterm elections unless the candidates performed screeching, off-key tops of Whitney Houston tracks. Wasn’t it just last week that the media appeared to be slamming Obama for “demeaning” the office from the President of the nation by appearing on that Daily Show? I can’t wait in order to hear what the pearl-clutchers within the media have to say with this latest GOTV effort by the President.

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