Jerry Brown Unleashes the Link: Whitman = Schwarzenegger

Jerry Brown’s new ad spot, “Echo,” features Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brown’s rival Meg Whitman saying almost exactly the same thing. It’s Brown’s most brazen attempt yet to link Whitman to Schwarzenegger, who has one of the lowest approval ratings of any governor. By most accounts, Brown and Schwarzenegger have worked well together, so it’ll be interesting to see how they interact next week. That’s when they will share the stage along with Whitman for a forum at the Women’s Conference in Long Beach.

I guess now we have an answer on the Schwarzenegger endorsement, perhaps from both campaigns: Thanks, but no thanks.

The new ad spot is here.

Update: The Whitman campaign’s response is to link Brown to Schwarzenegger.

Spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera says in a statement: “Comparing Meg’s experience as one of the world’s most successful business leaders to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career as an actor is a false equivalency. The only candidate who has supported Arnold’s plan to raise taxes is Jerry Brown when he supported the ballot measure in 2009 that would have raised Californians’ taxes by $16 billion. Now, Jerry’s plan is to do exactly what Arnold did and ask the voters to approve a massive tax increase. Meg Whitman is the only candidate who is offering Californians a real solution to the problems they face and is the only candidate who has promised not to raise taxes.”

Update: Schwarzenegger’s response? He said that his “delivery of the lines was much better in the commercial than hers.”

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