The banner atop Whitman’s campaign Web site.
Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman officially launched her campaign for governor today, and it took social conservatives about two nanoseconds to provide negative feedback ratings, declaring their distrust of the new Republican candidate.
Thomas Hudson, a tax attorney who’s chairman of the Placer County Republican Party, publicly lodged a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that accuses Whitman of effectively running a gubernatorial campaign for months prior to today’s announcement without disclosing any of her spending.
That seems like a tough accusation to prove legally. But Hudson may be more interested in demonstrating that his party’s hard-core conservatives think Whitman is too moderate for their nomination.
More GOP types take their shots, after the jump:
Another case in point: Former state Sen. Ray Haynes, also an attorney, wrote in a column today that he doesn’t know enough about “an untried and untested” Whitman and won’t take a chance “on getting another Ron George-type appointment.”
Haynes blasted George for overturning parental consent requirements on abortion and for writing the majority opinion finding a constitutional right to gay marriage. Gov. Pete Wilson’s appointment of George “was his single greatest mistake,” Haynes wrote.
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Whitman’s likely opponent in the GOP primary, is a strict constructionist. “Quite frankly,” Haynes wrote, “I trust him to appoint the right judges.”
The gubernatorial primary may still be 16 months away, but the political barbs are already sharp.
— Cheryl Miller