Meg Whitman's NASCAR attire leads to campaign fire
Two GOP candidates for California governor, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, spent part of their weekend at the NASCAR racetrack in Fontana trying to build up support and working-class street cred for their campaigns.
But it is what Whitman wore that the Poizner campaign is seizing on as a fashion faux pas. Whitman posted a photo of herself on Twitpic waving the green flag in what appears to be a designer Burberry coat.
"Let’s say you are an out-of-touch billionaire running for governor and everyone is accusing you of trying to buy the election," Poizner spokeswoman Bettina Inclan wrote in an e-mail to reporters this morning.
"You need to show that you are in touch with regular working people, so you go to a NASCAR race on a Saturday night. But was that a Burberry coat that Meg chose to wear to NASCAR? Isn’t that against some kind of unwritten rule?"
Whitman is a billionaire from her days as chief executive of EBay. Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner, is a multimillionaire himself from selling a high-tech company in 2000.
-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento
Photo credit: Twitpic