Thursday, October 28, 2010

Queen Meg is losing Latino voters

Queen Meg says she like tacos and quesadillas

Meg Whitman wanted to portray a new Republican face to Latino voters. Then a controversy erupted over the undocumented maid she had fired.

A contest that had been too close to call shifted to a 48 percent to 42 percent lead for Brown, the attorney general and former two-term governor, a Rasmussen Reports poll released Oct. 23 showed. anotehr pol showed brown with a double digit lead.

“She tries to be tough on undocumented people, then all of the sudden she has a work relationship with an undocumented,” Henrik Rehbinder, editorial page editor of La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language U.S. newspaper, said in a telephone interview.

Whitman’s own polling showed she “took a hit,” said spokesman Hector Barajas, one of six Hispanics in senior staff positions on her team. She trailed Brown by 20 points among Latinos, according to an Oct. 22 campaign memo.

Meg Whitman faced backlash on Tuesday after she declined a request to take down attack ads currently airing on behalf of her campaign against Democratic rival candidate and former Gov. Jerry Brown.

NBC's Matt Lauer raised the idea of both candidates pulling their negative campaign spots from the airwaves. Brown said he would comply with the request so long as Whitman would as well.
"If Meg wants to do that, I'll be happy to do that. We can have a little discussion today and I'm sure we can work something out," explained the Democratic hopeful.

Whitman at first tried to draw a line between personal attacks and record attacks, which Lauer dismissed as a "question of semantics" and pressed her again.Whitman said:

I will take down any ads that could be even remotely be construed as a personal attack, but I don't think we can take down ads that talk about where Gov. Brown stands on the issues," Whitman said, to boos.

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