September 25th, 2009
12:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Whitman: My voting record is inexcusable

Whitman said she was 'wrong' for not voting for several decades.
Whitman said she was 'wrong' for not voting for several decades.

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Meg Whitman says she was wrong.

The Republican candidate for governor of California Thursday night issued a statement on her failure to vote in multiple elections in California. Whitman, the former eBay CEO and former adviser and surrogate for John McCain's presidential campaign, calls her own record "inexcusable" and "simply wrong."

Whitman, who officially announced her bid for governor at the beginning of the week, issued her statement after GOP gubernatorial challenger Steve Poizner criticized her for her lack of votes, and after an investigation by the Sacramento Bee newspaper that pointed to her failure to vote over several decades in five states where Whitman has lived since 1979.

"Voting is a precious right that all Americans should exercise. I have repeatedly said that my voting record is inexcusable. I failed to register and vote on numerous occasions throughout my life. That is simply wrong and I have taken responsibility for my mistake." said Whitman in her statement.

"California needs leaders who are accountable for their actions. I take responsibility for mine, while my opponent, Steve Poizner, runs from his. On everything from his position on taxes to his political contributions, Steve hides behind others or misrepresents himself. I look forward to a vigorous campaign and to a discussion of the issues that matter to the people of California," added Whitman.

Poizner issued a statement of his own Thursday, saying "in the history of America, no one has been elected governor of a state with Meg Whitman's 25 year history of no show voting."


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. hadelaide

    She is just one of those people who don't vote but wiling to criticize anything someone else try to do. She should just go back into her vault and count her money.

    September 25, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    It's refreshing to hear a Repugnant say she was wrong. She wants to be governor of California, but she couldn't take the time to vote for the past few years. Doesn't sound like a person who is very involved in politics. But for a Repugnant candidate, the main qualifications are wealth, greed, no regard for working folks, and the ability to lie with a straight face, so she may yet be qualified to run.

    After working for the McCain campaign, I'm sure Ms. Whitman knows these qualifications. After all, Sarah Palin exemplifies them perfectly.

    September 25, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Perusing-through

    WISDOM SPEAKS: MEG IS DISQUALIFIED!
    Meg Whitman wants California VOTERS to elect her Governor, but her own VOTING RECORD is nearly non-existent. She may have a few corporate chops, but her NON-PARTICIPATION and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES in the local democratic processes over the past three decades sabotages her credibility as a PUBLIC LEADER.

    September 25, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Diane

    Again, an apology for something that has/has not been done. When are we going to stop accepting apologies? Ms. Whitman and a few others feel that they can step into politices just because of name recognition. Since she has admitted that her voting record is shameful, how can she, in good faith, understand or know current political situations? I say to the people who are thinking of voting for her, you will make a huge mistake.

    September 25, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. katiec

    Sounds like politics are only important to her when she is running for office.
    The right to vote, and elect, is so very important to all of us and our country. Evidently she couldn't be bothered.

    September 25, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Really

    And so begins the liberal medias attempt to discredit and destroy Meg Whitman.

    September 25, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. I can see Canada from my house!

    I guess she never thought that voting was an important part of being in a democracy.

    Did she really think no one would point that out?

    September 25, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Roger

    She was to busy making money then. Now she isn't making money. So she does what all "conservative" rich people do, they get involved and financially break our soceity so they can stay rich.

    September 25, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Dave in Albuquerque

    It's inexcusable ... but we should excuse her anyway. Right.

    September 25, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. mjm

    I hear she voted "present" for 25 years.....Worked for Obama in IL.

    September 25, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. James E

    I think what Meg said is inexcusable and need not to attack her opponent about hiding behind others. She should own up and move forward.
    I too did not vote in many presidential elections simply there were only two candidates who has less qualification to be running...

    September 25, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Perusing-through

    Meg Whitman's non-participation and personal responsibilities in the local democratic processes for past three decades, sabotages and ruins her credibility as a "public" leader to be elected by the same democratic election process she has treated with contempt.

    September 25, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Canadian

    How can someone who hasn't voted in decades (the basic democratic responsibility of all citizens), clearly showing that she doesn't believe in or respect the political process, now wants to be a part of it and ask the people of California to vote for her? It doesn't make sense to me. What about the issues that mattered a few years ago?

    September 25, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Perusing-through

    Meg Whitman's non-participation and lack of responsibilities in the local democratic processes for past three decades; sabotages and ruins her credibility as a "public" leader that must be elected by the same democratic election process she has treated with contempt.

    September 25, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. demwit

    Go get her CNN, great job! Palinized her!!

    September 25, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Obama fan...not!

    Let's see...negative story on Fiorina...Whitman
    Getting a jump on your usual bias I see...
    When's the Gavin Newsom's a great guy story being posted?

    September 25, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. R in Maine

    So that is real progress, a Republican who voting record is already inexcusable even before being elected. What a twit!

    September 25, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Richie

    If this is the worst thing Poizner can find about her, I think he's in trouble.

    September 25, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. J Williams

    She wants to be governor and she doesn't even vote ??!!!!!!

    What a clown!!!!!

    September 25, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. LacrosseMom

    May be inexcusable, but it tells us, WHO, Meg Whitman is! IF she did not care about her state or her country enough in years past to get out and participate in our democracy, why should we then reward her with the governor's position or any public office for that matter? Hypocrite.

    September 25, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. annie against biased news

    So what – the already elected officials do not read any bills before they vote 'yes' on them. Might as well not vote as to vote 'present' on everything as obama did.

    September 25, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Ben

    So I'm confused. Is she admitting she is only interested in politics for personal gain? Or not? If she calls her lack of interest inexcusable, is she dropping out?

    September 25, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Sniffit

    That's ok...I'm sure she voted like most rich GOPers: with her checkbook.

    September 25, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Ramses

    Not a big deal Meg. You had better things to do. One vote, who cares?Politicians! Move on, Do good things for California.

    September 25, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Patty

    OOPS....I see the light, I see the party light. lol Suddenly this woman thinks she has become qualified to run for the office of Gov. The right to VOTE is very important to many in this country and abroad and anyone running for political office should have a record of votes behind him/her to show who and what they have supported in the past.

    September 25, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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