Meg Whitman says angry Republicans are toting pitchforks and torches, as her A-list GOP backers queue up to help get her message out, reports the LAT's Mike Mishak.
"Meg Whitman kicked off a week of high-profile fundraisers Tuesday with an evening reception with Condoleezza Rice at the Hyatt
Regency in Burlingame, just outside of San Francisco.
More than 350 supporters paid $1,000 a piece to feast on rack of lamb and flourless chocolate
cake while the Republican gubernatorial nominee and
the former secretary of state held an on-stage conversation about the state of California and
the state of the campaign..."
"On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will
campaign with Whitman, and on Friday, Louisiana Gov.
Bobby Jindal will headline two events."
More on Meg: The guy who hired her to run eBay says he would find it hard to vote for her, but that she'd do a good job if elected.
"The eBay founder who hired Meg Whitman as his company's chief operating officer, giving her
a platform on which to run for governor, said Tuesday
that he would not endorse her because of Whitman's
opposition to same-sex marriage and her alliance with former Gov. Pete
Wilson," the Times reported.
"Pierre Omidyar praised Whitman's leadership skills
and said she would do a "great job" if elected, but
said he would find it "difficult" to vote for her if
he still lived in California."
Meanwhile, rival Jerry Brown -- wearing his attorney general hat -- wants the first execution in four years to go forward
"A hearing was held on the issue after a Riverside
County judge last month set an execution date of Sept.
29 for Albert Greenwood Brown, who was convicted of abducting,
raping and killing a 15-year-old girl on her way home from school in 1980," the AP's Paul Elias notes.
"The action surprised many because a federal judge
halted executions in 2006 and ordered prison officials to overhaul lethal injection
procedures. The state adopted new regulations on Aug.
29 but had not sought the judge's permission to restart
California's largest labor union, getting high on politics, announced its endorsement of Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana.
"The state council of the Service Employees International
Union, the largest labor union in California, has endorsed
Proposition 19, the initiative on the November ballot that seeks
to legalize marijuana," the LAT reports.
"The SEIU, which says it has more than 700,000 members in California, is a significant political
force in state politics, although it is not clear how
much money or muscle it will put toward passage of
Turning our gaze away from death and drugs, we see the Wall Street meltdown and Phil Angelides, who heads the federal commission probing the financial
From the Ventura County Star's Timm Herdt: "Angelides, a former California state treasurer and
one-time real-estate developer, was not unsophisticated in the ways
of finance. Still, he has been dumbfounded by the things
he has learned."