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Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whit­man‘s (R) repu­ta­tion as CEO “is the cent­ral pitch in her bid” but the on­go­ing tri­al between eBay and Craigslist “is threat­en­ing to un­der­mine a pil­lar of her can­did­acy.”

After testi­mony painted Whit­man in an un­flat­ter­ing light, GOP and Dems op­pon­ents “moved to take ad­vant­age of the con­tro­versy in the ab­sence of a Whit­man re­sponse.” Video clips of testi­mony “are now cir­cu­lat­ing on the In­ter­net, and Whit­man’s foes have at­temp­ted to ad­vance the theme that per­haps she is not the tal­en­ted and ef­fect­ive busi­ness lead­er” the state needs.

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Whit­man’s camp said “be­cause the tri­al is on­go­ing and Whit­man is a cent­ral play­er,” she is “un­able to an­swer any of the charges against her lead­er­ship abil­it­ies.”

A spokes­per­son for In­sur­ance Com­mis. Steve Po­izn­er (R) “ad­op­ted” lan­guage from a wit­ness “to drive home the Po­izn­er cam­paign’s con­sist­ent theme that Whit­man’s private-sec­tor ex­per­i­ence is not all it’s cracked up to be.”

Po­izn­er spokes­per­son Jar­rod Agen: “There are two Meg Whit­mans. Meg pub­licly cam­paigns as a Re­pub­lic­an, but her ac­tions prove oth­er­wise. This tri­al fur­ther demon­strates why Re­pub­lic­ans should be skep­tic­al to trust Meg Whit­man’s rhet­or­ic on the cam­paign trail.”

Ex-NR­CC comm. dir. Kar­en Han­retty “said it’s easy to un­der­stand why Whit­man’s foes have seized on the tri­al.”

Han­retty: “They are lay­ing the ground­work for that nar­rat­ive so that this is on the minds of re­port­ers. This isn’t about voters right now; this is about build­ing a nar­rat­ive for the me­dia so that if she is caught in a mo­ment where she snaps at a voter or a re­port­er, they can turn that around and say, ‘See, this is who we’ve been telling you she is all along.’”

Sev­er­al CA GOP­ers told Politico “there is a wide­spread be­lief in GOP circles” that the of­fend­ing testi­mony “has at least some polit­ic­al mo­tiv­a­tion” as Craigslist founder Craig New­mark “is a prom­in­ent” Dem donor.

Ex-CA GOP Chair Shawn Steel: “It’s ab­so­lutely a factor. He’s not just a big Demo­crat­ic donor; he’s the George Sor­os of the In­ter­net.” But Craigslist CEO Jim Buck­mas­ter, who spoke on the stand of “two Meg Whit­mans,” un­like New­mark, “does not ap­pear in the” FEC donor data­base for either party (Barr, Politico, 12/22).

The Great Eight?

Har­vard Busi­ness Re­view ranked Whit­man eighth in its list­ing of “200 best-per­form­ing CEOs, ap­plaud­ing her ten­ure” at eBay. Har­vard ana­lyzed nearly 2K CEOs of large pub­lic com­pan­ies who star­ted between ‘95 and ‘07 (“The Buzz,” Sac­ra­mento Bee, 12/22).

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