California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on Thursday criticized remarks attributed to rival Jerry Brown that made a comparison between her campaign and a Nazi propagandist.
The comments attributed to Brown were posted Wednesday in a blog by a reporter for KCBS radio in San Francisco. In his blog, which was on the station's website, reporter Doug Sovern says he was riding his bike in the Oakland hills when he bumped into the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who was jogging.
KCBS radio editor Debra Ingerson told The Associated Press on Thursday that the conversation was not recorded.
Sovern said Brown was concerned about Whitman's ability to spend an almost unlimited amount of money in the governor's race. Whitman, the billionaire former eBay chief executive, spent at least $81 million in the primary, all but $10 million of it from her personal fortune.
According to the blog, Brown said Whitman has the money to launch a pervasive smear campaign: "She'll have people believing whatever she wants about me."
Brown then compared that type of messaging ability to Nazi propagandist of Joseph Goebbels.
"Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda. He took control of the whole world," Brown is quoted as saying. Brown went on to say he believes Whitman wants to be the first female president.
Obviously, liberals are trying to not so subtly equate Republicans to Nazis in the minds of the American people. In this case, this is a beyond ridiculous comparison. Just because she is using a large amount of her own money, it doesn't make it just like the Nazis. Hillary Clinton used a lot of her own money to fund her 2008 presidential campaign. Does that make her like a Nazi propagandist? No.
Regarding his complaint that her media campaign will make people believe whatever she wants them to believe, isn't that the point of a good PR advertising campaign? After all, didn't the Obama political machine make the majority of Americans believe in the facade of hope and change that the election of Obama would bring to America? It is completely hypocritical of Brown to even hint at a comparison between the Whitman advertising campaign and a Nazi advertising campaign. This comment shows how desperate Brown has become to try to discredit Meg out of the gates. He apparently is a little scared to see that he has started off in a dead heat in the liberal state of California where he should be taking a commanding lead.