“I would do a bigger number of layoffs,” Whitman told the Roseville Chamber of Commerce last week.
“The most important thing is we have to get athat the citizens of California can afford,” she said later in an interview with the Sacramento Bee. “And as badly as I feel about the 30,000 or 40,000 people that will lose their jobs, I feel even more badly for the millions of Californians who are paying higher taxes, who are looking at a state that is not working.”
Asked about Whitman’s comments, USC’s Schnur predicted that the other Republicans vying for the gubernatorial nomination will join the billionaire CEO’s attacks on the governor’s handling of the budget.
“In the Republican primary you’ve got three candidates who are all less shy about taking on Arnold than McCain was about taking on Bush,” he said. “Republicans feel free to take him on.”