Los Angeles — California nurses are less than thrilled with the recent news that Meg Whitman, the GOP candidate for governor, might have literally pushed an employee.
According to a New York Times article, Young Mi Kim was helping Whitman prepare for a media interview, during which a high-stressed Whitman allegedly pushed the eBay employee. Two former employees said that due to the incident, eBay had to pay “around $200,000” to Kim to resolve the issue. Part of the settlement involved an agreement to keep the pushing incident confidential. Although Whitman was known for being a forceful leader, she was not known to get physically aggressive.
This incident was reported to have been an “anomaly.” But members of the California Nurses Association are taking a “don’t push us around” stance against Whitman. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the California Nurses Association says the pushing incident reveals that Whitman is “disconnected” from “working people.”
While Whitman has admitted to “physically escorting” Kim out of a conference room, she takes responsibility for the incident but has dismissed it. Further, Whitman campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei notes that the nurses union is a big supporter of her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown. Thus, for her camp, it is not any surprise that they are trying to place focus on any negatives of Whitman’s personality.
Another way the nurses union is trying to undermine Whitman’s authority is by calling her “Queen Meg.” They are trying to focus on her wealth and stature as if to say she will “rule” California rather than work with California.
Another group “out to get” Meg Whitman is the California Working Families for Jerry Brown. The flaws this group is focusing on are Whitman’s voting record along with her relationship with Goldman Sachs. According to an article in the L.A. Times (“Brown allies launch ad about Whitman’s ties to Goldman Sachs”), the second ad “highlights Whitman receiving preferential stock deals from Goldman Sachs.” Because Goldman gave Whitman premature access to the stock, the paper said she was able to make a profit of $1.78 million. The controversy led to a lawsuit in which Whitman paid her stock profits to settle the suit.
The Goldman Sachs ad came after Whitman’s ad against Brown attacking his past failures in office like a record unemployment rate and inability to run the school system. According to the L.A. Times, Tucker Bounds, a Whitman campaign spokesman, said, “We’re not going to let the government employee unions spend millions of dollars on TV ads attacking Meg and not respond.”
Will most Californians care about these so-called scandals or do they care more about bigger issues like job creation, education, abortion and immigration? As usual, opponents of candidates will never stop discrediting the competition and dragging their names through the dirt. Unfortunately, it is simply the nature of the race. As a California voter, it’s tough to decide whom to vote for when the options presented to you don’t seem all too great.
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