Monday, September 28, 2009

Whitman Voting

Meg Whitman '77 launched her campaign for California governor last week, and like most candidates for an elected position, her potential constituency is examining her voting record, or in this case, lack thereof. According to The Sacramento Bee, Whitman had never registered to vote prior to 2002 and didn't vote in the controversial recall election in 2003 that eventually brought current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to office. Whitman's campaign released a statement saying, "Voting is a precious right that all Americans should exercise. I have repeatedly said that my voting record is inexcusable."

Will this hurt Whitman's chance at putting a Tiger in charge of the Golden State?

Incidentally, this isn't the first case of a Princetonian entering politics after years of not voting. Former Senate majority leader Bill Frist '74 had never voted prior to 1988.