Whitman launches 60-second attack ad

Republican Meg Whitman's campaign released its first attack ad Wednesday in the race for California governor. The ad labels Democratic nominee Jerry Brown's decades in electoral politics a "failure." 

The spot offers a retrospective of Brown's career through the eyes of the Whitman campaign. "In the '60s, Brown enters politics and later serves two terms as governor," the narrator says. "His big spending turns a surplus into a billion-dollar deficit."

The ad traces his career through his run for president in 1992, employing a clip of former President Bill Clinton attacking Brown during the presidential primary. 

The release of the spot comes a week after an organized labor-backed independent expenditure effort began with an ad attacking Whitman for her voting record.     

The ad offers some foreshadowing of what could be a record-breaking media spending campaign from Whitman over the course of the race. The spot was produced by Texas-based Republican media firm Scott Howell and Company.  

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