Whitman and Brown in iPhone app flap

Meg-a-appCalifornia Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman’s campaign today launched its official iPhone application, offering “a menu of options for supporters and voters to learn more about Meg and her plan for California.”

The campaign says the app lets iPhone users “stay in touch with Meg on the campaign trail,” “learn the latest campaign news, view exclusive photos and video and keep in touch with Meg on social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter.” Users also can share campaign details with their friends, sign up to volunteer with the campaign and encourage others to get involved.

The app was created by Purple Forge, which had developed a similar app for GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate Chuck DeVore. The company has offices in upstate New York; Ontario, Canada; and Georgia – and that proved to be fodder for the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown.

From Brown campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford:

California is the home of Apple (founded when Jerry Brown was governor), and countless app developers, but it appears only a company based 3,000 miles away could meet Whitman’s campaign needs. Two million Californians out of work, thousands of California companies looking for business and trying to stay afloat, but Meg Whitman chose to take her business to Canada.

Whether it’s jobs for Californians, experience cutting spending or building on California’s environmental leadership, there is a vast gulf between what Meg Whitman says and what Meg Whitman does.

Californians deserve a governor they can trust – one with a record of helping the state create 1.9 million jobs. Jerry Brown is the only candidate in this race with real experience to get California working again.

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

    Am I the only one to whom it appears that the Brown campaign is constantly grasping at straws?

    Remember, remember on the 2nd of November:


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  • Sofiea Clerico

    Jerry Brown has a long and unblemished record of working for the people. Meg clearly has an agenda, designed to get her elected, so she can ignore the needs of California’s businesses and its workers. Meg is all about Meg.

  • Greg

    Elwood – yes you are.

    I’ll take the guy who’s done it before and saw CA create 1.9 million jobs under his watch. As for the lady who couldn’t be bothered to vote for 28 years but who wants to buy MY vote – absolutely not.

  • Elwood

    Jerry Brown has a long and distinguished record of working for Jerry Brown. You’ve heard of the guy who marches to a different drummer? Jerry has his own flipping orchestra. Always has, always will.

    Created 1.9 million jobs under his watch? How exactly did he do that? Source please.

    Remember, remember on the 2nd of November:


  • Sara and Meg, WHO ??!!

    Yeah – you bet !

    If it’s brown I’ll flush it !

    Because Whitman’s story is so compelling, sooo convincing, her accomplishments so very visible and her record so persuasive, that the best plan she could come up with was to OUTSPEND .(you heard it correctly – OUT-SPEND – – BY SEVERAL ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE !!!) . . EVERY OTHER ATTEMPT AT THE CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION.

    Even Arnold S. (another GOP) didn’t spend anywhere NEAR what the woman from Atherton has decided she needs to spend to accomplish the same goal that Arnold did ! This is the woman that proclaims to understand fiscal responsibility !!!!!!!

    And, she and her handlers are hoping that none of you will notice.

  • Elwood

    Re: #8

    And your point is?

    What does spending your own money have to do with “fiscal responsibility”?

    The Kenyan prince is wasting our tax dollars and bankrupting the nation. How does that fit your definition of “fiscal responsibility”?

    Please explain if you can and refrain from insane ranting.