California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is under fire for her noted lack of participation in elections. Not that she didn’t vote in EVERY election, but that she hadn’t registered to vote until 2002 according the Sacramento Bee.
At the California GOP Convention, Whitman said:
“Every citizen should take time to vote, and on more than one occasion, I didn’t,” the former eBay chief told the GOP activists. “Voting is a precious gift handed down by generations of Americans. I regret not having delivered my vote on several occasions.”
Whitman was in our area today speaking to a group in Davis, and was quoted as saying:
“I was focused on raising a family, on my husband’s career, and we moved many, many times,” she told reporters. “It is no excuse. My voting record, my registration record, is unacceptable.”
She’s getting closer to where she needs to be, but my advice, because I know you were waiting for it. Stop apologizing. Say what I think is the real answer:
“I wasn’t focused on becoming a politician. I focused on helping build a business and on my family. I’m not going to apologize for not voting. I’m going to say that the expertise I gained building a billion dollar business is valuable for California and I want to use that expertise to help us be the California that everyone dreams about.”