We're still over a year away from the next state gubernatorial election, but the commentary and polling and guessing game is already in full swing.
The Wall Street Journal sees momentum for Republican would-be, and former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman, marking her big business bonafides as a plus for an electorate tired of bankruptcy-level management from our state leaders.
Calbuzz thinks the Journal doesn't get it, though:
Clearly the WSJ didn't check the clips for the March Field Poll in which 17% of Republicans had a favorable view of Whitman, 11% unfavorable and 72% no opinion....That's not momentum or star power.....at least one neutral "political observer" the WSJ talked to (we name no names) made the point that being a business leader in this economic and political climate is a tremendous deficit for any candidate, Republican or Democrat. Also, eMeg and Hurricane Carly [Fiorina, who is seeking Barbara Boxer's Senate seat] are from the same party as the governor whose approval rating is about 30% at a time when about 80% of voters say the state is on the wrong track.
On the Democratic side for governor, Jerry Brown is currently outpolling San Fran Mayor Gavin Newsom, even in Newsom's home city. It's still way too early to tell though, Newsom partisans insist:
"Dianne Feinstein started out nearly 20 points behind John Van de Kamp in the 1990 gubernatorial primary, and ended up beating him by 11 points," said Newsom's chief consultant, Garry South. Brown, however, has something else going for him: He's got about seven times as much money as Newsom.
The West Hollywood Independent reported last month on a Newsom campaign swing through L.A.