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It’s Wednesday, Fiorina Lost By 10 Points and She Has Yet to Concede

 

The campaign that started off with a Demon Sheep has continued to be bizarre: Carly Fiorina is filibustering her concession.

Former CEOs Meg Whitman and Fiorina lost by landslides. It was never close. With over 90% reporting Whitman lost by over 12 points and Fiorina by 10. Whitman held off her concession until after Jerry Brown made toned down show at the saved and refurbished Fox Theater in Downtown Oakland.  “We haven’t gotten all the votes in yet, but it’s good enough for government work,” said the governor-elect/former governor Governor Brown.

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Meg Whitman’s Final ‘Screw You’ to the Press

Billionaire Meg Whitman was declared the loser in her bid for governor of California at 9:30 PST. Jerry Brown was set to make his speech in Oakland at the Fox Theater at 10pm PST. Then we received word that Whitman will not concede until 75% of the votes are counted. Now this means all the hard working members of the press have to stay sober longer in order to file a somewhat coherent…something.

So in a campaign pocked by tense moments with the press…here’s another one. As of this posting, only 27% of the votes are counted and Brown’s lead continues to grow.

Yeah, it’s been a long night, but Meg, it wasn’t even close.

Scenes From LA’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’

FBLA was at the LA satellite version of Jon Stewart‘s “Rally to Restore Sanity” on Saturday. Have to say, though sparsely attended–no more than 1,000 people showed up–the tone was more earnest and less ironic than Stewart’s DC rally. We actually liked it better. Aside from multiple dull platitudes about voting–as if choosing between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown is how we’re going to right the ship of American ills–the comics who took the stage were far more political and aggressive than in DC. Comic Jimmy Dore sagely noted that in the face of trillion dollar Wall Street bailouts and corrupt political officials, teacher and their unions aren’t the ones we should be accusing of greed and scapegoating for the ills of America.

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Whitman: ‘On November 3rd, No One’s Going to Care About Nicky Diaz’


Billionaire candidate for governor of California, Meg Whitman had a maid for nine years the candidate described as “family.” In the final stretch of the campaign where Whitman wanted to see employers fined for hiring illegal immigrants, her former housekeeper Nicky Diaz, hired media circus icon and lawyer Gloria Allred. First Whitman claimed she didn’t know Diaz was illegal and accused her of stealing her mail – a federal offense. Then a letter bringing her immigration status to the attention of her employer surfaced with Whitman’s husband’s handwriting on it. So Whitman lied and vilified her former housekeeper. She now treats Diaz like a leper in the press. Someone who she once cared about but due to her own rottenness is no longer fit to be around decent people. It’s pretty stunning to see a plutocrat in action. In the above interview with Greta Van Susteren, Whitman says, “And, you know what? On November 3rd, no one’s going to care about Nicky Diaz. But the law is the law and we live in the rule of law. It’s important.”

No one is going to care about Nicky Diaz? And by “no one” she doesn’t mean immigrants illegal or otherwise, people who’ve ever worked for a living or people who want to see the system fixed. She means no one important.

Whitman Canvassers Spotted on LA Subway

We got a report that Meg Whitman canvassers were on the Gold Line this morning talking to commuters about Whitman’s “plan” for California. Whitman’s plan so far has been to say “plan” a lot. But she’s also most notably against California’s voter approved high speed rail project. Why is she against it? She says because the state can’t afford it. It’s a bond measure and not from the state’s budget. And there are stimulus dollars at risk for not doing the project. Plus what about all the jobs? We don’t understand.

Anyway, the candidate who is against mass transit is using the Metro as a place to get her $140 million message of frugality out.

Our tipster writes:

During my morning commute from Pasadena, I was joined by two canvassers for the Whitman campaign. After they had given their initial spiel, several passengers, myself included, helpfully informed them that Meg’s constituents aren’t known for their use of public transit. We suggested they might be more warmly received at the waiting room of a nearby Mercedes dealership.

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Some Midterm Races on Twitter

Republicans have “institutionalized” Facebook. But Twitter is still the wild west. Well, not as wild as ’09. Politicians are not tweeting themselves anymore. But we have done some of our own states on key races around the country and in our state.

Nevada Senate race:
Harry Reid (D): 12,563 followers
Sharron Angle (R): 8,089 followers

California Governor Race:
Meg Whitman (R): 242,141 followers
Jerry Brown (D): 1,100,939 followers

California Senate Race:
Carly Fiorina (R): 308,850 followers
Barbara Boxer (D): 23,724 followers

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Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina Were Failures as CEOs

Amidst a series of profiles in the major dailies that portray Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina as tough-minded, successful businesswomen, comes a couple of long-awaited effort to expose what really happened under their tenures at eBay and HP respectively. Whitman and her personally enriching but appalling corporate helmsmanship get it especially bad.

But she’s a billionaire! How could she possibly have been a bad CEO? The eXiled explains:

Whitman’s fabled $1 billion in wealth was acquired in the first few months of her tenure, well before she could muck the company’s bottom line up. That billion-plus that eBay’s directors handed Whitman was perhaps the easiest billion anyone has ever been handed in corporate history: eBay hired Whitman in March 1998, when the company was already the tech world’s darling. Just six months after she joined, eBay went public, making Meg Whitman an overnight billionaire thanks to stock options that allowed her to buy eBay stock at just 7 cents a share, and sell them on the market for as high as $170 per share.

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The Whitman, Brown and Schwarzenegger Chat at the Women’s Conference

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The second half of this debate/chat is making the media rounds. Interviewer Matt Lauer asked the candidates if they would take down the negative ads for the final week. Jerry Brown agreed. Meg Whitman didn’t and managed to get booed three times at the Women’s Conference. Way to read the crowd. Above is the unedited tape.

Meg Whitman Charges Media $2K For a Day of Travel With Campaign

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that there is a high price tag for press traveling with gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman in the final days of the campaign:

Whitman is charging the media a whopping $1,350 for one day, and an astronomical $2,050 for another — hotels not included. And so far, no details of what itinerary is planned, with a week to go.

Whitman campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei, in an email to reporters, gave those figures out with the observation that “we have worked to keep the cost for travel during the day as low as possible.”

We’re sure Meg’s doing her best, but the Jerry Brown campaign provides a much better bargain for tag-along reporters. $700 a day for hotels, meals, and transportation – and maybe even some interviews.

Hat tip Romenesko.

Meg Whitman: I’m an Unhappy Choice…Comments Disabled

Meg Whitman is down in the polls. Yes, she’s spent $140 million of her own money to get her name out there. Her name is out there. So is all her cash. Neither has impressed Californians. So in Whitman’s new ad she tells us that she knows how we see her as “a billionaire with no government experience.” The thing is – the YouTube comments are disabled. How can she claim she knows how we see her?

From SacBee:

Whitman has poured $8.2 million into campaign literature and mailings, including two editions of a glossy policy magazine mailed to hundreds of thousands of households.

She’s also spent $11.7 million on consultants, including top adviser Mike Murphy, who earns $90,000 a month, close aide Henry Gomez at $36,000 a month and campaign manager Jillian Hasner at $30,000 a month.

Mike Murphy is making $90,000 a month and they can’t hire an intern to scrub the YouTube comments? What are they on a budget? This is the most expensive single campaign for governor in the history of the world and they can’t let random YouTubers leave comments because monitoring could take away from the Whitman wallpapering of 2010? What’s wrong with these people?

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