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Whitman attacks Brown's record in speech to GOP convention faithful

August 20, 2010 |  9:52 pm

More than 300 die-hard Republican conventioneers came to the Hyatt's Manchester Ballroom in San Diego on Friday night to hear their gubernatorial nominee, Meg Whitman, lash out at Democratic nominee Jerry Brown.

"We once and for all are going to say goodbye to Jerry Brown's failed ideas and broken promises," Whitman said in her 20-minute address.

The speech focused on Brown's record and his ties to public employee unions, a prominent bogeyman for her campaign.

Whitman said Brown was "owned by the union bosses."

She received a warm reception before the guests, many of whom were there on her dime. The dinner was a fundraiser for the California Republican Party, and Whitman purchased at least six tables for the dinner, according to her campaign staff. The cost of a table was as high as $1,000, according to state GOP officials.

U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is set to address delegates at noon Saturday.

-- Anthony York in San Diego