Meg Whitman isn't making any friends in Fresno, California. The Republican gubernatorial candidate and former CEO of Ebay, recently stated to The Mercury News Editorial Board that "Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful.''
Senator Dean Florez, D-Shafter issued a sharply-worded statement in response,
"Billionaire Meg Whitman gave us a quick peek as to just how out of touch she is with the realities of working Californians by describing the city of Fresno as 'awful.' While we may not travel by private jet, have the biggest homes or live by designer labels as Ms. Whitman, we in the Valley have great pride in our city and in our ability to feed the world. I don't think Ms. Whitman recognizes how her comments stigmatize Fresno and the folks who live here. Whether it was purposeful or not, it just shows how unprepared she is to lead this state by making such off-hand and ignorant statements about an important part of California."
Whitman later backpedaled on her statement:
"Meg knows that Fresno cannot be left behind as it has been in the past when the economic situation around the state gets better but Fresno doesn't respond as quickly," campaign spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera said in an e-mail.
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