Meg Whitman’s Sparse Voting Record

September 24, 2009 at 8:07 am  ·  Category: California, Politics

It’s a dereliction of our first duty as American citizens.  We’re talking about someone who has practically not voted her entire adulthood.  It’s embarrassing.

– Mark Petracca, Political Science Professor, UC Irvine

A real problem for Meg Whitman’s campaign for Governor of California: She didn’t vote much for most of her adult life. 

In fact, she didn’t even vote in the 2003 Special Election that elected Schwarzenegger or the 2005 Special Election he called.

It seems like she really just started getting into politics when she worked on Mitt Romney’s campaign for President in 2007.  She voted in the 2008 presidential election and three other elections in 2008, plus this year’s CA Special Election in May.

By contrast, her Republican primary opponents both have strong, long term voting records.  Steve Poizner has been registered and voting in Santa Clara County for more than three decades, including every election since 1992.  Tom Campbell voted in Chicago, Ill., where he went to college and graduate school, as far back as 1972 and voted extensively since then.

Source: “Meg Whitman’s Voting Record Short, Sparse”, The Sacramento Bee, September 24, A1

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One Response to “Meg Whitman’s Sparse Voting Record”
  • When would be politicians fail to exercise the, most fundamental right of every citizen…the right to vote…it leads me to question how serious they are about the political process.
    Of course, many Americans don’t bother to vote: the young, the poor, the disaffected.
    But Many Americans take time to study the issues, read the voter pamphlets, take off work to cast their ballots and eagerly watch the results to see how their vote played out.
    I guess Meg Whitmen didn’t feel any of this was worth the effort otherwise she would have taken time out of her busy life making money to cast her ballots on important issues affecting most Americans.
    Maybe really wealthy people don’t have to worry about most issue facing voters.
    Or maybe she just didn’t want to be called for jury duty.
    Whatever her motives, it’s hard to take her seriously….
    Sort of like a baseball commissioner who never attends baseball games…yeah you might be a good commissioner…but how much do you really care about the sport?

    Norris Hall  ·  Sep 28, 2009 at 9:08 am  ·  Permalink

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