First Republican Meg Whitman, a political novice running for California governor, seemed to catch her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, napping with an aggressive early push for Latino voters – a voting bloc that has proven tough for her party to crack.
Whitman has run a series of Spanish-language TV commercials and billboards that, according to the latest p0lls, paid off with a 14-point gain among Latinos – despite the still simmering furor over a crackdown on illegal immigrants in neighborhing Arizona that was signed into law by Republican Governor Jan Brewer.
Brown, the state’s attorney general and a veteran California politician who served as California governor from 1975 to 1983, has been criticized within his party for being slow to respond and taking the Latino vote for granted.
Brown counters that the November election is still more than three months away and points out that, as a man who marched with Cesar Chavez during the 1970s, his credentials with that constituency are well established.
Now Whitman, a billionaire former eBay CEO who is largely bankrolling her own campaign, is going after another group of voters that Brown might have considering safely in his corner: the nurses.