Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Whitman explains registration, non-voting behaviour

The LA Times runs the complete transcript of CA gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman's address to the Republican Party's Convention last weekend.

About that registration thing -- it wasn't becoming of a CEO:

As you may have read, I’ve been a registered “decline to state” voter since 1998. As the CEO of a public company, with an enormous community of users and employees covering every imaginable political persuasion, I purposely made the decision to register DTS. I felt it was the right thing to do given my role at eBay. Once my eBay tenure was coming to an end and I became more involved with Mitt’s campaign, I changed my registration back to Republican.

And about those other things to do on Tuesday.

.... during that same time period, I also failed to vote on a number of occasions. And that was a mistake. There’s absolutely no excuse for it. Every citizen should take time to vote, and on more than one occasion, I didn’t. Voting is a precious gift handed down by generations of Americans. I regret not having delivered my vote on several occasions.