Did Steve Poizner lose a vote?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Well, we’ve got a pretty good indication of who Arnold Schwarzenegger likely WON’T be voting for in the Republican primary to replace him as governor — current Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.
Since this is a primary, the Republicans are involved in the usual roller-derby effort to get the conservative vote (conservatives tend to bear extra clout in GOP primaries). The new Poizner ad links Whitman to President Barack Obama‘s stance on immigration reform; says that Whitman, “like Schwarzenegger,” supports continuing state benefits to people without legal documents; and ties Whitman to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer — the Democrat most likely to get conservatives to foam at the mouth — and government funding for abortions.
The zing at the end: “After Arnold, don’t we deserve a Republican?” Schwarzenegger press secretary Aaron McLear responded: “I totally forgot [Poizner] was running until I saw that ad. We get that he’s desperate to be relevant, but extending his anti-immigrant campaign to Austrians? That’s just mean.”
Oh, and the SacBee calls the ad “misleading.”