Forum Thread: California Governor's Race Candidate: Meg Whitman

California Governor's Race Candidate: Meg Whitman

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Biography

  • Mrs. Margaret Whitman was born on August 4, 1956 and raised on Long island, New York.
  • Her father, Hendricks H. Whitman, was the founder and president of Clark Tyler Associates, a financial advising company. He died of a heart attack.
  • She originally wanted to be a doctor, so she studied physics and mathematics, but switched to economics.
  • In 1979, Meg attended Princeton University, where she received a degree in economics. She then went on to Harvard Business School, where she received her MBA.
  • After her graduation in 1979, she began working at Procter & Gamble, a consumer good company.
  • In 1981, she began her new job at Bain & Company, a management consulting company and rose to the rank of vice-president.
  • In 1997, she began working at eBay. When she joined, the main website was too difficult to navigate, so she immedietly hired people to design a new one.
  • When Whitman joined, there were only 30 employees and a $3 million revenue. After her time as CEO, the company grew to 15, 000 employees and an $8 billion revenue.
  • In 2009, She announced her candidacy to become California's next governor.

Positions on Issues

  • Education: Against the admission of undocumented immigrants to state schools (UCs, CSUs, and Community Colleges).
  • Marriage: For Proposition 8 and believes gays/lesbians should not be allowed to adopt children.
  • Immigration: Against amnesty for illegal immigrants. Believes cities should not shelter illegal immigrants, and believes their should be inspections of workplaces believed to harbor illegal immigrants.

Voting Record

  • Mrs. Whitman has not voted in 28 years. She has admitted it, mentioned her record was "atrocious," apologized, and mentioned that she would "gladly discuss the matter."

Contributions

  • Much of her money comes from her job as CEO of eBay. As a billionaire, she was able to spend around $100 million from her own pocket.
  • Extra contributions have come from Whitman's old associates. She received $4 million from her old eBay co-worker.

The Race

  • According to polls, 41% of Californians said they are going to vote this year.
  • 46% of votes for Jerry Brown.
  • 43% of votes for Meg Whitman.
  • 11% Undecided.
  • Both sides trying to get the "Latino vote".

Warnings

  • Although both Mr. Jerry Brown and Mrs. Margaret Whitman are both trying to get the "Latino vote", Whitman has made it clear that she is completely against illegal immigrants. However, her commercials on Spanish television speak differently, with "a bunch of Latino kids who might become the next doctors, teachers, or engineers."

Resources

  • http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/politics/local_elections&id=7684158
  • http://www.megwhitman.com/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/1991/02/23/obituaries/hendricks-h-whitman-executive-70.html
  • http://valleywag.gawker.com/5060675/ebay-founder-factchecks-john-mccain
  • http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/biography/S-Z/Whitman-Meg-1956.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Whitman

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