In 2010, Republican Congressman Tom McClintock warned that Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman would simply be the “third term of Arnold Schwarzenegger”.
Numerous conservatives throughout California were questioning just how moderate or liberal Meg Whitman was. Her answers were constantly elusive on nearly every subject and many “tea party” Republicans had had enough with her non-answers.
Finally at a tightly controlled Whitman rally, which was attended by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a conservative attendee was able to directly question Meg.
“What are you hiding?” shouted Ed Buck, in the front row of the 400-person event. “You’re looking like Arnold in a dress”.
Before Whitman could respond, Christie stepped down from the stage and got in Buck’s face.
“Hey, listen. You know what. You want to yell, yell at me,” Christie said, shutting down Buck as Christie’s bodyguards calmly but quickly approached the two men. “It’s people who raise their voices and yell and scream like you who are dividing this country. We’re here to bring this country together.”
The establishment Republicans in the audience cheered and applauded Christie’s ability to shut this concerned conservative up.