Poizner Gets Rohrabacher Nod, Prepares to Debate Whitman in Costa Mesa

Fresh off his endorsement from the hard-right California Republican Assembly meeting in Buena Park over the weekend, GOP gubernatorial nomination seeker Steve Poizner will further solidify his credential cred by announcing today that he's been endorsed by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-The Stone Age).

Guess those ads implying The Poiz is an Al Gore/Nancy Pelosi/Big Gubment lover are not working for Republican establishment candidate Meg Whitman–at least among CRA voters.

Politics blogger Joe Garofoli has details of the Surfin' Congressman's nod for the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the post, CRA president Ken Mettler said Whitman came off much more conservative than expected in her speech to voters, ticking off the usual suspects (Pelosi, San Francisco, immigrants).

She'll get another chance to play the hate card beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, where she is scheduled to debate Poizner face to face for the first time. 

Politics reporter Martin Wisckol blogs for the Orange County Register that the event is not open to the public (they might spill coffee on the center's pristine carpet), but the debate will be streamed live at NewMarjorityDebate.com. Questions for the candidates from the un-invited are being accepted here.

The New Majority, of course, is the Orange County group of moderate, mega-rich GOP businesspeople who favor a more pragmatic approach to government than, say, teabaggers, the CRA and Rohrabacher.

So, it'll be interesting to see which Meg Whitman shows up to face Poizner and KNBC/Channel 4 political reporter Conan Nolan, who moderates.

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