Seems California Senate candidate Meg Whitman has a “black problem”…
And a “brown problem”.
Hopefully she loses to the “old guy”! :)
Hope you were able to TiVo that campaign ad Meg Whitman ran during the primary with her endorsement from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Because if Whitman continues her strategy of avoiding African Americans, that may be probably the only time you’ll see the former EBay CEO around many other African Americans between now and November election.
African Americans are unhappy with Whitman’s decision to skip this Saturday’s candidate’s forum at the San Francisco Christian Center on black and Latino issues sponsored by the California Foundation. The event, billed as the California Gubernatorial Faith Forum, will not be a debate – but an event where each candidate for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will separately answer questions from an audience of mostly African American and Hispanic church members.
Event organizers said the forum would be an excellent opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves to African American and Hispanic voters, and to answer questions about race, crime, drugs, discrimination, gentrification, police brutality and other issues important to African Americans and Hispanics not normally asked by the mainstream media or the handpicked (and usually White) audience members at scripted campaign events.
Saturday’s forum will be significant because none of the three debates between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman announced yesterday will be held in major urban communites. Two of the three debates will be held in the Central Valley cities of Sacramento and Fresno, with the other debate held at Dominician College in Marin County, the richest county in the state where less than two percent of the population is African American. No debates are scheduled for Southern California or any of the state’s largest cities and representatives of Black owned media outlets day it’s unlikely that any reporters from their papers or stations will be on the media panels asking questions of Brown and Whitman during the three debates.
KTVU last week reported that California Foundation forum producers sent invitations to both Whitman and Democratic Party candidate Jerry Brown in May, two months before Saturday’s forum. Brown immediately accepted, but organizers said the Whitman campaign had not scheduled any events for July and would contact the forum’s organizers as soon as Whitman’s July schedule was finalized. The KTVU story said that the Whitman campaign only informed the forum’s producers last week about Whitman’s “scheduling conflict.” The forum will also feature Republican Lt. Governor candidate Abel Maldonado. Forum producer Loren Simon said the Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Gavin Newsom had not yet responded to the group’s invitation.
The Whitman campaign has been criticized for spending millions of dollars on campaign ads while avoiding interviews and press conferences, and staging tightly orchestrated events that provide reporters and the general public with little, if any opportunity to ask Whitman serious and hard hitting questions.
If you watch TV, cable or listen to radio you can’t go more than a half hour without hearing or seeing a Meg Whitman commercial. Whitman’s ads were running non stop months before the June primary and Whitman barely waited a week after her June 8th primary win over state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner before continuing the torrent of campaign commercials. Whitman’s has reportedly spent a record $50 million dollars on TV, radio and print ads with the promise of spending just as much, or more between now and the November election. African American owned media outlet throughout the state say that the Whitman campaign has not spent a dime on radio or print ads with the Black owned media. Read the rest of this entry »