The California Labor Federation is about to launch a worksite flier blitz aimed at cementing Meg Whitman's ties to the finance industry and exploiting the recent fraud charges leveled at bank holding company Goldman Sachs.
As we point out in today's story about the Whitman/Goldman connection, she left the firm's board five years before the 2007 events at the center of SEC fraud charges highlighted by yesterday's Senate hearing.
Still, the spotlight on Goldman has resurrected Whitman opponents' efforts to frame her as a greedy financial markets insider who is out of touch with working class America. The alliterative tag the union umbrella organization is rolling out in its campaign against the GOP gubernatorial front runner: "Wall Street Whitman."
In an e-mail to The Bee this morning, federation spokesman Steve Smith said, "More than 150,000 fliers on Whitman's Wall St. ties and her positions on the issues workers care about will be distributed in the coming weeks at work sites across the state to both public and private sector workers. The Labor Federation will deploy more than 25,000 volunteers throughout the campaign to expose Whitman's real agenda for California."