March 1st, 2010
07:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Poizner formally enters race for California governor

Los Angeles (CNN) - Steve Poizner officially threw his hat into the ring Monday in the race to be California's next governor.  The Republican, who is currently the state's insurance commissioner, filed papers in Santa Clara declaring his candidacy.

"I want to deploy a series of smart, common sense, conservative solutions that will get this great state back on track," Poizer said the written statement announcing his candidacy.  "My campaign is about cutting taxes across-the-board to bring jobs back to California."

Poizner is running against another former Silicon Valley executive, ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Poizner sold his Internet start-up company SnapTrak to technology and communications behemoth Qualcomm prior to entering politics.

Whitman, who announced her candidacy for governor six months ago, has opened up a substantial lead over Poizner.  A Field Poll conducted January 5-17 found Whitman leading Poizner by twenty-eight points, 45% to 17%, with 38% of likely voters in the GOP primary undecided.

Democrat Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown is expected to announce Tuesday that he's also launching a gubernatorial bid.  Brown previously served two terms as the state's governor and is now California's attorney general.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. 8 Would Be Great

    He's right, failure is not an option. And it won't be an option as long as the Dems can completely ignore the Republicans, who want our president to fail.

    Their tactic to "start over" are just code words for "do nothing". Oh, but they will "pretend" to do something for the next year or so, and then declare "healthcare dead". Well, Rethugs, it won't work, because the American people are on to your selfish deeds. You have great healthcare, but you don't want anyone else to have it. You want to pout, and stall, and call the president names, while millions of Americans are suffering.

    To all the Dems I say, don't let the dead weight of the Rethuglicans keep you down. Rise and walk to your voting stations to do what is best for America.

    Hope and Change we voted for, and hope and change we will have–YES.

    March 1, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. D.H

    The new lady, terminator?

    March 1, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. j

    I'm confused. I thought California had a term limit for the governor and if Brown has already served 2 terms, how can he run? Must be some kind of new math.

    March 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. CB

    Poizner has been running, and attacking Meg Whitman, for months. This “announcement” is just a tactic to get attention for his flailing campaign.

    March 1, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |