"Appearing before thousands of people at a San Jose rally" on 10/17, Bill Clinton "brought the contest" to ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman's (R) "doorstep, imploring" Dems "to turn out the vote and elect" AG/ex-Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
Clinton: "He has always been on the side of positive change. ... He cares enough to want to be governor again. ... Any time he's ever had a job like this, he's held down costs and increased benefits."
Clinton: "There's a reason people think the Democrats are going to lose all these House seats. And the reason is you. ... All these polls are predicated on the assumption that tomorrow's America voted in 2008 but yesterday's America will vote in 2010."
Whitman spokesperson Andrea Jones Rivera: "If it weren't for his party affiliation, Bill Clinton wouldn't have anything to do with Jerry Brown. ... In the past, President Clinton recognized Meg Whitman's leadership, because the reality is that she led one of California's true success stories, and created thousands of new jobs" (Mishak, Los Angeles Times, 10/18).
Whitman, at In-N-Out Burger, on Clinton: "I think there were many good things about Bill Clinton's presidency. He was a big EBay buyer. He bought a lot of his Clinton memorabilia on EBay. ... So I think there were many good things about his presidency, but he's obviously out here because he's a Democrat, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, and he's trying to help Democrats across the country."
Whitman, on ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK): "Technically, she's qualified to be president because you have to be a U.S. citizen and be in good standing. I think the voters of the United States are going to decide who's going to be the next Republican nominee and there's going to be a lot of competition for that. ... I'll probably be for Mitt Romney as I was for the last cycle before I helped out John McCain" (Mishak, Los Angeles Times, 10/15).
Go Ask Jerry
Whitman released a new TV Ad, produced by Scott Howell & Co. Fulls script, "Pensions:"
ANNCR: "How can you retire at age 55? Just ask Jerry Brown. He gave California state employees collective bargaining powers. Since then the unions have grown stronger and stronger. Now state employees can retire at 55 with much of their salary for life. And taxpayers are on the hook for $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. No wonder those unions are 100% behind Jerry Brown. He'll just spend and spend and spend" (Youtube, 10/15).
Chili And Shakes
Whitman, "a chili dog in Bakersfield behind her, came to Sacramento" on 10/15 for a shake.
Whitman, "though she still also flies on a charter jet, had arrived on a green bus wrapped in campaign slogans."
Brown spokesperson Sterling Clifford "mocked Whitman's bus, which first came out" on 10/12, after the final debate.
Clifford: "The bus goes places. ... Meg flies along behind it."
Whitman, regarding the bus: "It's been really fun" (Siders, Sacramento Bee, 10/16).
Two For Meg
Riverside Press Enterprise endorsed Whitman (10/16).
Redding Searchlight endorsed Whitman (10/17).