Tags: mccain | whitman | californ

McCain Endorses Meg Whitman in Calif. Race

Thursday, 28 May 2009 01:53 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Arizona Sen. John McCain will announce his support for Republican Meg Whitman in California’s 2010 gubernatorial race Friday, a Whitman spokesman says.

"We are thrilled to have someone of his stature as part of the team," spokesman Mitch Zak told Associated Press.

Whitman, former chief executive of eBay, was a national co-chair of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and advised him on economic issues.

She seeks to replace incumbent Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who can’t run for a third straight term and has lost popularity amid California’s financial crisis anyway.

Whitman has earned support from other powerful Republicans on the national scene as well. Former California Gov. Pete Wilson is her campaign chairman, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has endorsed her.

Whitman may be the best known candidate in a Republican field that is also expected to include former Congressman Tom Campbell and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

"She's got a lock on those who are most well known in the Republican establishment," GOP analyst Allan Hoffenblum, tells AP.

But Whitman’s moderate views may hurt her in a state where conservatives generally dominate Republican parties.

Poizner spokesman Kevin Spillane tells the AP that his boss has been endorsed by over 70 percent of California's Republican legislators.

Democratic candidates could include Attorney General and former governor Jerry Brown, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Whitman will likely play up her financial management credentials, as California faces a budget deficit projected to hit $42 billion by the middle of next year.

She opposed the three budget measures rejected by California voters earlier this month – measures that Schwarzenegger said were desperately needed to buoy the state's finances.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved