October 26th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
12 years ago

Ad reminds Whitman who was governor 30 years ago

(CNN) – Look too quickly and one may think Meg Whitman, the GOP nominee for governor in California, is herself heaping praise on rival Jerry Brown in Brown's latest TV ad.

The new spot launching Tuesday opens with Whitman declaring, "30 years ago, anything was possible in this state."

The problem for Whitman, as Brown's ad quickly notes, is that Brown himself was governor of California 30 years ago.

The spot than lists a variety of Brown's accomplishments during his first tenure as governor from 1975-1983 before cutting back to Whitman saying, "It's why I came to California so many years ago."

The most recent polls show Brown, California's attorney general and the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee, with a high single-digit lead over Whitman.

Filed under: 2010 • California • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Catherine

    Okay, that's just funny. I do hope Brown thanked her for the endorsement.

    October 26, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. James

    Stupidity is not rare in this election, but it's rare you see such profound incompetence.

    October 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Larry

    Is Saray Palin running all the republicans' campaigns?

    October 26, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Cosmo

    Way to go Meg. Maybe you can buy back the commercial.

    October 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Ferret out the B.S.

    I was also here when Jerry Brown was governor and things were good, it didn't change until the Dot com industry went awry. The problem is the legislature and failing to adapt to the changeing revenue from economic downturn. Jerry has identified and addressed that issue head on as a candidate. Meg just keeps blaming Jerry for all of the state's problems. She acts like a typical Republican candidate and blames Democrats for all of the ills we now face. Bringing in Swartzeneggar over Grey Davis didn't resolve anything in fact it made matters worse. Ahnolds a nice guy and a decent actor but did he resolve the state's economic issues? In a nutshell no and Mrs. Whitman only offers the same program. The Republicans have gotten extremely proficient at "putting lipstick on a pig" and selling it in a different way but no matter how you face it it is still a pig.

    October 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dean

    Californians have an 8% approval rate of their government and yet they are going to elect the same old losers that have been running their state. Jerry Brown has never accomplished anything other than having the state pay his salary for his entire life. Who ever said "there is a sucker born every minute" must have lived in California.

    October 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Sniffit

    You have to admit that's just a good, clever ad to flip her words back on her in that manner. It's clean too, not filthy mudslinging and underhanded misrepresentations like some of the crap we're seeing from candidates on both sides in some of these races. She said it, he ran with it...simple.

    I only give it an 8.5/10 though...if only because I wish they could've done it without us having to look at Princess Forehead. She and her attempt to purchase a Senate seat can go run backwards thru a corn field for all I care.

    October 26, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Darth Cheney

    Amazing that people think that any old ex-CEO can just walk right in and be deserving of a governorship.

    October 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. diridi

    It is time for you to stay home and cook for your beloved hubby, if you have....o.k....do not be nasty....we need term limits on congress and senate, we need to pass...o.k....

    October 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ouch, that really hits Whitman with her own words. Show that you have to do your research and the Whitman didn't do theirs.

    October 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Me

    Ha, and let me guess, how she runs her campaign is how she'll run the state? This candidate is not qualified to be a Governor.

    October 26, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Bill, Bloomington Il

    I'm sure Brown's ad forgets to mention he was listed as the guardian for a bunch of children that perished in the Jonestown massacre orchestrated by Jim Jones. Also about 30 years ago.

    October 26, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |