Whitman 'doubts' she will run for public office
April 20th, 2011
06:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Whitman 'doubts' she will run for public office

(CNN)–While former eBay CEO Meg Whitman indicated Wednesday afternoon that she’s out of politics, she is not giving the impression of sour grapes after her failed race for California governor.

When asked on Fox Business Network if she planned to run for public office again, she said, “I doubt it. I doubt it. I’m back in business working on some not-for-profit initiatives. I’ve joined the board of Teach for America and our local charter school here. So, that’s where I’m going to put my efforts.”

However, she encouraged patience when it comes to sitting Gov. Jerry Brown, who beat her last fall by a 13-point spread.

On Brown’s handling of the California budget crisis, Whitman said, “He’s still putting together his plan. He’s trying to make progress here, but I think it’s well known, I would have obviously taken quite a different tack in terms of reducing spending, without raising taxes.”

She continued, “I was clear about that in campaign, but let’s see what Gov. Brown can get done. He deserves a chance to be successful. It’s a different tack than I would have taken… But let’s see what happens.”

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  1. terdy, va

    Trying to buy elections is an expensive proposition eh Meggie? CA rightfully gave her the single digit salute last go round.

    April 20, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Republican Robber Baron

    C-ya Meg! Thank goodness the majority of my CA people were smart enough not to elect...yet another...Republican Robber Baron Billionaire to office. The Republican Party has permanently alienated the "real" working class by nominating people like Meg. Shame on the Republicans for turning their backs on the middle-class and literally serving the Robber Barons.

    April 20, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. marylandvoter

    as far as i know, nobody forced you to run for public office at your own expense. and, you lost all the same

    April 20, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Sgt Joe

    Yes, the good old "let's keep spending but not raise taxes" strategy. Glad she gave up politics.

    April 20, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. normajean

    She's learned that money won't buy Californians.....She paid a very high price to learn this!!!!!!!

    April 20, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Patrick from Minnesota

    She apent $140 million of her own money in attempts to beat Jerry Brown, and didn't even manage to come within 10% of winning. She is a capitalist tragedy.

    April 20, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Como

    After Gloria Alred and her planted illegal stuck it to Whitman. Brown probably knew his supporters, unions, were providing cash and living expenses to the illegal on this trumped up smear campaign this is an example of why highly qualified men and women, Democrat or Republican, seldom run for office. Shame on you California Democrats, you are as bad as the Wisconsin scum.

    April 20, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Good idea for Whitman to not run since she is a non voter in US elections. Anti-immigration but hires an illegal nanny. And the list goes on and on and on!

    April 20, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. valwayne

    Ms Whitman could have turned California around and saved the state. Yet the extreme left, the public employee unions, and the rest of the loopy special interests that are tied up in a corrupt bundle with the democrats in the state went with the guy they knew would protect them from reality for a few more years. With the election of Jerry Brown and reelection of Sen Boxer any hope that the real problems of the state would be faced ended. There is really no hope. Anybody that works for a living or runs a business should get out while they can. As for Ms Whitman, its sad that California chose to stick with the people who have run the state into a gutter, but its hard to be too sorry for a billionaire with her talent! 🙂

    April 20, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |