Meg Whitman: The new Lara Croft?

Is it California’s first political campaign video game?

Perhaps. As a simple point-and-shoot, it’s not going to give “Call of Duty” or “Halo” a run for their money, but as a campaign tool it’s – well, creative.

The California Labor Federation launched this today, along with a web video featuring the game, at its www.WallsStreetWhitman.com site to illustrate what it calls “the pattern of economic destruction Meg Whitman has left behind as she got rich the Wall Street way over the last 20 years.”

“Meg Whitman has made a game of downsizing workers and outsourcing their jobs, and walking away with a very real fortune for herself in the process,” California Labor Federation executive secretary-treasurer Art Pulaski said in a news release. “The record shows that Whitman is a one-person weapon of mass job destruction. By attempting to buy the California governor’s office, Whitman wants to take her game to the next level, but we can’t forget there are real lives at stake with every jobs she cuts, outsources or downsizes.”

“Our video takes a humorous approach to document Whitman’s record of downsizing and outsourcing jobs, but let’s be clear: her Wall Street Agenda for California is no joke,” he added. “Under a Whitman governorship, schools, public safety and programs for the elderly and people with disabilities would suffer to pay for Meg’s tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.”

Awaiting comment from Whitman’s campaign, but figured I’d let y’all test your targeting skills in the meanwhile…

UPDATE @ 4:49 P.M.: “Meg is the only candidate in the race who’s created private sector jobs, leading eBay from a 30-person start-up to a company with 15,000 employees,” Whitman spokeswoman Sarah Pompei said. “A fake video game? It only shows the lengths Jerry Brown Incorporated will stoop to while while trying to appeal to his base.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    What a bunch of crap!

    This only shows the desperation of the Brownies!

  • For Liberty

    Consider the constitutional choice for governor of CA, Chelene Nightingale. Remember, voting for the lesser of two evils, is still evil. Find out more about the Nightingale campaign at the following link:


  • MHuang

    It’s the last gasp efforts of the collapsing Big Gov-Big Union types in their losing attempt to keep Californians in eternal serfdom.


    What’s next? Nursing and teacher union pickets at her house with the tv crews in tow?

  • Josh Richman

    MHuang: Yep.

  • Cohen Esq.

    Cheleneightingale for governor 2010 has so many issues regarding her viability to run for an office, it would be an act of stupidity to vote for such a person. A bankruptcy filing and foreclosure, associations with criminal elements, unemployed, conspiracy therorist, (wants to see Pres, Obama’s birth certificate) 9-11 truther.. the list of bizarre views could fill a book. I would take a good hard look at this womans resume before you take a stance. Don’t vote for someone because you don’t like the rest. Would you vote for Charlie Manson just because you disliked the candidates? Be aware and informed!