Next month Californians will elect the next governor. It’s not a good time to take the helm. As of October 1, we still didn’t have a budget for the current fiscal year as politicians battle over how to resolve a $20 billion (yes billion) deficit.
Despite the dire economic status two candidates are battling it out for the privilege of trying to fix the problem. I’m not excited about either of them. We have the billionaire businesswoman who is trying to buy the role and the career politician who’s been there, done that. Yes, there are minor party candidates but they have no chance of winning.
Without even getting to platforms and their positions on the issues, there are several reasons to be disappointed in our options this year.
The constant television commercials this year are reason enough to not vote for Meg Whitman. But I can give you a few more reasons she doesn’t make me happy.
- Inexperienced. We tried it with Arnold Schwarzenegger and we all know how that worked out. Leading in the private sector does not equate to governing.
- Bully concerns. Meg has admitted to pushing a subordinate and her money got her out of trouble. My impression is that she’s a “my way or the highway” type of person. How could she bring together this state’s fractious legislature?
- Voting Record. Maybe someone could overlook her lack of political experience but Meg was so unengaged she did not vote for 28 years. I think that’s a civic duty for anyone but especially someone who wants to lead our state.
It’s been 27 years since Jerry held the governor’s office and for some reason he wants to give it another go. He never really went away having held various positions including his current role as the California Attorney General. Here are three reasons I’m not excited about recycling this candidate.
- Age. If elected, Jerry will be the oldest California governor in history. How much energy and focus can he have and for how many years?
- Lackluster Campaign. This candidate almost seemed as if he didn’t want the job but was drafted anyway. The campaign got a very late start this summer while Meg was running tons of commercials.
- Experience. His last go-round, Jerry earned the nickname of “Governor Moonbeam” which hasn’t been forgotten. I think experience is a good thing, but maybe this candidate has too much. There isn’t another qualified Democrat in all of California?
When my ballot arrives in the mail soon I’ll have to pick one of these two. I already know which one will win my vote but it won’t be made with excitement. I’m sorry that there isn’t another choice.
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