Merc’s Brown Endorsement Causes a Stir
Posted by Comments (55)on Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday’s San Jose Mercury News endorsement of Jerry Brown is getting a bit of traction, as might have been expected. The Brown campaign spread news of the endorsement today in an email blast headlined: “Meg’s Hometown Paper Backs Brown.”
The Merc endorsement was enthusiastic and strongly worded. It begins on a positive note: “Jerry Brown offers California exactly what it needs in its next governor: a mature politician who can get things done in Sacramento and who brings good ideas, strong principles and a reputation for telling the truth.”
But from there the piece shifts to focus on Whitman, and explain exactly why she is the wrong choice:
“It’s popular in some circles to say we need an outsider with business experience to run government. We tried that. It didn’t work.”
“[Whitman,] has demonstrated through her campaign a loose relationship with the truth, a poor understanding of government and a penchant for platitudes. Her carefully packaged positions offer pat solutions for problems whose depth and complexity clearly elude her. ... We’ve come to see that she utterly lacks the qualifications to be governor.”
The Brown camp noted that “Meg’s hometown paper didn’t mince words about her candidacy, arguing that she ... ‘can’t buy credibility’ through her ‘misleading ads’ and ‘herd of consultants.’”
The refreshingly blunt endorsement seems to take Whitman’s prevarications personally, ending with an anecdote:
“Perhaps the best ilustration of Whitman’s manipulation of facts and cluelessness about government is the anecdote she likes to tell about eBay’s building project in San Jose. It took 2 1/2 years to break ground, and she uses this as an example of government regulation run amok. But it was eBay’s decision to redesign the project that held things up, not San Jose, which fast-tracked the plan. When we brought this up to her, she shrugged and said it just shouldn’t have taken that long —as if the reason didn’t matter.”
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