This blog continues the discussion that we began with Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009) and continue in After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).Building on these books, this blog offers insights, analysis, and facts about recent events.
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Friday, May 14, 2010
CA: Curse of the Former Governors
Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman are tying each other to former governors.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner's first Spanish-language radio ad is hitting the airwaves, treating listeners to some state-of-the-art, rhetorical acrobatics.
Although Poizner has tacked hard right on illegal immigration, the ad accuses rival Meg Whitman of being the bad cop in the immigration debate. The ad also prominently features former Gov. Pete Wilson – chairman of Whitman's campaign and a longtime bogeyman for California Latinos.
"Here is the radio spot she doesn't want us to hear," the ad's announcer says before a short clip of Wilson introducing himself. The announcer then says, "The ex-governor Pete Wilson speaks about Meg Whitman's plan to stop illegal immigration" and later concludes "Meg Whitman thinks she can fool us."
Whitman, in turn, is linking Poizner to another former governor. Jim Boren of the Fresno Bee reports:
Meg Whitman's shrinking lead in the Republican gubernatorial primary has the former eBay chief scrambling to stop the big gains that opponent Steve Poizner has been making in recent weeks. Whitman, who has spent more than $65 million on the GOP race so far, has just put up a new TV ad that says Poizner and Democrat Jerry Brown are working together to defeat her