Meg Whitman: Small Business Governor?

Posted by: Stacy Perman on February 09, 2009

whitman.jpgFormer eBay CEO Meg Whitman, considered a champion of small business has announced her intention to run for Governor of California. While national co-chair of John McCain’s presidential campaign she touted the McCain/Palin ticket as the best option for small business. During the Republican National convention Whitman rallied the troops saying that a McCain administration would push Congress to reduce business taxes thereby helping entrepreneurs to create jobs. Will Whitman be California’s small business gubernatorial candidate? The answer is, well, maybe. Whitman’s campaign website certainly underscores her support of business but changes at eBay such as a new ratings policy and fees for sellers has frustrated the ranks of eBay auctioneers and giving many pause when it comes to the notion that eBay has the backs of small business owners. Stay tuned.

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Reader Comments

Larry Linn

February 10, 2009 01:58 PM

So another Republican announces that she can cure the financial crisis, based upon her resume. Her announcement includes NO solutions, other than her resume to cure the financial problems of the state. She is just another Wall Street robber baron that wants to lead the lemmings over the cliff into the Republican-Bush depression.

VIDAL

February 10, 2009 03:12 PM

What makes these Republicans think that cutting taxes will make companies hire more workers? I have a small freelance company, some of my friends also own companies, and if they cut our taxes, we're gonna do what everyone else is going to do... pay our bills! Cutting taxes wont create jobs in my opinion because it doesn't create demand. who would need to rehire if demand hasn't picked up? we would all just pocket the money, which is probably what they want for all their rich friends.

Roland

February 10, 2009 07:44 PM

She drove eBay into the ground. As a Republican she's eminently qualified to run California or any other organization into the ground.

Hilary Smith

February 11, 2009 02:54 AM

And what will another Republican have to offer but more Social Darwinism? Steve Poizner, Meg Whitman, they’re all clones. The problem with Right-wing ideology is that at its core lies the idea that it's morally acceptable to let poor people starve to death. This has always been the fundamental principle. Well, thanks, but no thanks. If you're not for the People, do society a favor and stay home.

Pierre

February 11, 2009 03:01 AM

Ask what the small business ebay sellers think of Whitman and her chosen replacement and Bain colleague John Donahoe. Whitman and Donahoe's string of site and seller destructive enhancements" should disqualify her for any public office.

Don't let Whitman destroy California as she and Donahoe have destroyed ebay.

kevin saville

February 11, 2009 05:48 PM

it sounds to me like based on what all of you have written that she is absolutely the wrong choice...I mean after all she is a republican...and we should just assume they don't know how to lead...oh wait being a republican is not in vogue anymore...I can't wait for the democrats to fail then what will you all do?

Sanjeev

February 12, 2009 06:01 AM

I think small business and home base business is the best for Indians. This type business is start in small investment.

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Marc

February 12, 2009 01:00 PM

I just read the preceeding comments and am shocked by the tone and ignorance. Whitman built eBay, but it's the "let's protect the buyer" policies which are hurting the sellers. Is that not a liberal "protect the Little Guy" notion? It was Lib policy which required banks to make loans to the Little Guy which precipitated our financial mess(in lock-step with greed--both Repub and Dem).
When a candidate promises an end of frivolous lawsuits and limits entitlements THEN we'll have real change.

Hank Coin

February 12, 2009 02:17 PM

I don't think Whitman or Donahue destroyed Ebay by themselves. The inability of the consumer to follow a set of ethics and guidelines played a large part.

CADiver

February 12, 2009 07:29 PM

She could care less of her constituents (the sellers) when she was "leading " Ebay, the only thing we can expect is more of the same if she leads California, only this time it's going to be us, the taxpayers that will foot the bill.

Bill

February 12, 2009 07:50 PM

i couldnt have said it any better than hillary smith
republicans dont have a plan and could care less about the average joe in this country
they just want the status the position brings and mail in any attempt at leadership
did anybody think that mccain gave anything important more than two seconds of his attention after picking palin over the phone?

we dont need a republican in charge of california. their time has passed. keep your gas guzzling cars in the garage and sit this one out

Felipe

February 13, 2009 12:55 PM

Hooray! And I thought our only options were going to be Moonbeam Brown or kook Gavin Newsome. She reminds me of Pete Wilson in a number of ways - not withstanding that Wilson is her campaign chairman. She's conservative, a soft speaker but with conviction.
I believe she is the only person who can save California from the tax and spend democrats.

tom

February 13, 2009 09:14 PM

Whitman took the ebay rocket ride up and jumped out after it peaked. She should be credited with not impeding ebay's rise, but unless she can demonstrate an ability to turn around an ailing company, she has no better credentials to be governor than anyone else.

Jeffrey1234

February 14, 2009 12:01 PM

While Ms. Whitman may be a sucessful businesswoman, she will certainly not get my vote. She has already stated publically that she believes I should not stand equally before the laws of the state of California. She believes that I should not be married under California law because I will marry someone of the same gender. I would advise her to stick to the fiscal challenges of the state and not marriages of its citizens.

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