meg1.thumbnail.jpgAs reported earlier this morning, Meg Whitman has announced her run for governor. In a written statement just issued on her website announcing her bid, Whitman said:

California faces challenges unlike any other time in its history — a weak and faltering economy, massive job losses, and an exploding state budget deficit. California is better than this, and I refuse to stand by and watch it fail.

To that end Whitman named former Gov. Pete Wilson as her campaign chairman. Her campaign co-chairs include Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs. She has also has hired a team of more than two dozen advisors, including several veterans of Schwarzenegger campaigns.

Whitman has no political background, though she did act as a campaign advisor for John McCain during his 2008 presidential run. She began her corporate career marketing dandruff shampoo and Mr. Potato Head before joining eBay in 1998, where she spent a decade overseeing the company’s astounding global growth–and its crash from $60 a share in 2004 to just under $14 a share today–and becoming a billionaire in the process.

During her speech at the 2008 GOP convention, Whitman said:

Higher taxes encourage wasteful spending, demonstrate government’s inability to choose among competing priorities, and destroy your prosperity.

During the presidential race she told GOP groups that 

she supports the same-sex marriage ban.

Her spokesperson Henry Gomez said her opposition to marriage equality was

a personal issue.

In December, it was revealed that Whitman’s legal team had lost their battle to secure the domain names,,,, and, registered by Thomas Hall early last year. Hall refused to sell the names saying he felt "strong armed" by Whitman’s lawyers. 

Whitman’s lawyers in turned filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization, which ruled against Whitman, saying she was not enought of a household name and

hasn’t established herself as a brand in the marketplace. 


However, earlier in 2008 Whitman reached a settlement over, whihc is now her campaign site. She had filed a similar petition for that domain name, and settled outside of the arbitration process, presumably with some type of cash exchange.

It just doesn’t look good when a tech queen gets pwnd, so this could make for a fun warm up for the G-race. And um IMO, Mary Bono Mack is scary-dangerous and Peter Wilson is creepy.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.