Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will traipse through the California heartland today to lend his support to former eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman, a candidate in California’s Republican gubernatorial primary next year.
Whitman is hosting a townhall meeting in Fresno today — and you know McCain can’t resist a good townhall. She has formed an exploratory committee for the race but has not officially announced her candidacy yet. Whitman would be trading her professional experience with eBay, Procter & Gamble and Disney to fill the shoes of current Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is prohibited from seeking a third-term in office.
Other potential Republican candidates include former Rep. Tom Campbell and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, while San Francisco’s Democratic mayor, Gavin Newsom — known for backing gay marriage and posing in Harper’s Bazaar on rugs with his ex-wife — is also running for governor.
Whitman hopes to capitalize on female support — she rolled out a group called MEGa WOMEN to help her win. The group aims to bring women “from the worlds of politics, education, business, philanthropy and the arts” to participate in interactive forums and town hall discussions and fix ‘s economic woes.
Her campaign Website notes that she helped eBay grow from “a company with 30 employees and a little over $4 million in revenue” to more than 15,000 employees and nearly $8 billion in revenue, in just ten years.
Why’s McCain getting in on the action? Whitman was a national co-chair of his 2008 presidential campaign. Plus, let’s not forget where McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said she placed her state-owned private jet up for auction.