In California, GOP rival calls eBay ex-chief 'unelectable'

California GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner repeated his campaign's call Saturday for rival Meg Whitman to drop out of the race after The Bee reported this week that it could not find evidence that Whitman registered to vote until 2002.

State Insurance Commissioner Poizner told The Bee in an interview at the California Republican Party convention in Indian Wells that Whitman's voting record made her "unelectable." On Thursday, the day the Bee story was published, Poizner communications director Jarrod Agen first called on Whitman to "step aside."

"We need to have a primary with people who have a chance to take the Republican nomination and actually win," Poizner said Saturday.

"She unelectable. She cannot be the governor of the state of California. That would be unprecedented in the history of our country. She's not going to be the governor. So therefore, step aside so we can make room for other people who might want to run."

Whitman, the former CEO of online auction firm eBay, was scheduled to address the convention at a noon luncheon, while Poizner was to speak Saturday evening. The third GOP candidate, former Congressman Tom Campbell, addressed the convention Friday night. In an interview Saturday, Campbell declined to comment on Whitman's voting record.

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