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Meg Whitman Begins Bus Tour with a French Dip Sandwich at Philippe's, Queen Meg to Follow?

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Queen Meg in Century City | Photo via California Nurses Association on Flickr

Queen Meg in Century City | Photo via California Nurses Association on Flickr
It's the final stretch before the November 2nd election and Republican candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has begun her "Take Back Sac Express" bus tour to rally for votes. On Wednesday, one day after that fiery gubernatorial debate, Whitman made her first stop at one of downtown's classic eateries, Philippe's. Outside sat her bus that says in big letters, "Jobs are on the way".

But another bus tour is revving up for its own smattering campaign of events, and it's not Whitman opponent Jerry Brown.

The California Nurses Association, a union that is backing Brown, today announced their third "Queen Meg" tour, a parody that asserts their position on the candidate.

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"The people California do hereby crown you QUEEN MEG of California. We can't afford to loose our democracy, but YOU can afford to buy California... Even if you DON'T VOTE," reads the Association's Queen Meg Facebook page, referring to Whitman's self-financing of her campaign -- so much, she's set a U.S. record -- and her non-voting skills.

Their tour begins October 20th and runs through November 2nd in the Southern California area (you can even "demand" the Queen show up in your neighborhood) and is being kicked off with another music video.

Clearly, their campaign struck a nerve with Whitman, who fought back by launching a website after the earlier "Queen Meg" tours, which also featured Princess Carly for GOP U.S. Senate Hopeful Carly Fiorina.

"Based on filings with the California Secretary of State, it cost about $80,000 to rent and wrap a bus like this for a week’s use and to perform the other street protest tactics sponsored by the California Nurses Association during the final days of the Republican primary campaign," says Whitman's Truth for Nurses website. "Is this childish prank really worth the dues that 66 nurses are required to send to Rose Ann DeMoro every year? ... Do you think this is reflective of your proud profession?" the asks, linking to this video.

There's no telling which way the election will go. Poll after poll, Whitman and Brown are pretty much neck and neck.