Many Latinos have heard that old saying, “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres,” which means “Tell me who you walk with, and I will tell you who you are.” Essentially, one is known by the company she keeps.
Well a few days ago, I blogged about the racist element that has been associated with Meg Whitman’s campaign for California governor and how she is conveniently cozy with former governor Pete Wilson (aka Mr. Prop 187). Meg had to disavow a self-proclaimed “proud racist,” which you can see her do in this clip, but listen to how people at her event try to excuse the proud racist comment.
Meg should take it a step further and distance herself from those who are trying to excuse ‘proud racist’ comments and then distance herself from former Governor Pete Wilson. Last year, Whitman even praised Wilson as the greatest California governor in memory:
“At the same time, Whitman praised former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson for his role in the 1990s budget crisis. She said the tax hikes imposed by Wilson — whom she described as the greatest California governor in memory — made sense at the time, even if they would be inappropriate now.”
On the one hand, Meg Whitman wants us to listen to her at mariachi events where she praises Latinos for their entrepreneurial spirit, yet she conveniently leaves out her praise for former Governor Wilson. I wonder if she would try to play the mariachis for the people who were at the Hollywood Republicans event in North Hollywood (above). It is as if she panders to two different crowds and then expects us (the Latino voters) to not catch or notice these things.
Will the real Meg Whitman please stand up?