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New Jerry Brown ad compares Meg Whitman to Schwarzenegger

October 19, 2010 |  9:07 am

This has been surrogate week on the campaign trail, with President Obama, Bill Clinton and John McCain among those who will have passed through the Golden State before week's end. So it's perhaps fitting that Jerry Brown's new campaign ad against Meg Whitman uses another surrogate to try to tar the Republican nominee.

The new spot, called "echo," features side-by-side screen shots of Whitman and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger saying the same thing about leadership, running the state more like a business and creating jobs.

"Meg Whitman said it herself, 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results,'" said Brown campaign manager Steven Glazer. "Yet the Long Island native has had no qualms about recycling the same platitudes, repackaging the same campaign events and rehiring the same high-priced consultants as the state’s current governor."

Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera said, "it is a fundamentally misleading and dishonest ad based on out of context editing and a totally false premise."

You can see the ad below.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento