Whitman Met By Rowdy Crowd At Campaign Stop

GLENDALE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was met by a rowdy crowd — some yelling “go home” — when she stopped to visit a popular Cuban pastry shop in Southern California.

A noisy crowd of at least 100 surrounded Whitman on Friday while she attempted to greet customers at Porto’s Bakery during the final days of the campaign. While some in the crowd applauded the former chief executive of eBay, others yelled at her.

Her detractors chanted “save our schools” and “I want my pensions,” a reference to Whitman’s proposals to cut state spending and replace government pensions with 401(k)-style accounts. Whitman supporters responded by calling her critics “communists.”

Whitman’s voice was often drowned out as she tried to talk with customers, and she made no attempt to address the crowd.

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