2010 Forecast: Whitman Sampler — Can Ex-Ebay CEO Get Back On Track

By Maya

Oct 1, 2010 10:45am

ABC News' Amy Walter reports: In dueling press conferences yesterday, the she said-she said over whether ex-Ebay CEO Meg Whitman knowingly hired an undocumented worker continued. At one point, Whitman even agreed to take a lie-detector test. Her campaign has since revised that offer saying that she'd submit to the test if both Jerry Brown and Whitman's ex-housekeeper did as well. While many are making the case that this issue is going to hurt Whitman among the state's Latinos, the real problem for Whitman is the fact that she's spent the last two days off message. To win a statewide race in California as a Republican you need: a good political climate, a flawed Democratic opponent, and a bit of luck. Right now, she's got the first two. But, over the last few days, attention has moved from Brown's fumbles to Whitman's troubles. And, recent polls taken right before the controversy emerged, showed both Brown and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer gaining ground. With just a month left before the election, Whitman needs to be able to quickly pivot to Brown before it's too late.

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