DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — Political pandemonium spilled out of Porto's Bakery on Friday morning as Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman made a last-minute campaign stop.
Shortly before Whitman was scheduled to appear at the Cuban eatery on Brand Boulevard, a neon green bus filled with protesters and "Queen Meg," the doppelganger actress hired by opponents to spoof the former EBay executive on the campaign trail and other public events, pulled up to the entrance.
Sponsored by the California Nurses Assn., "Queen Meg's Farewell Tour" members held signs and chanted into bullhorns marching back and forth in front of Porto's.
"The fact is the public trusts nurses, and nurses don't trust Meg Whitman," said Melinda Markowitz, president of the California Nurses Assn., who argued Whitman would cut important health-care and education jobs across the state.
Whitman's appearance inside Porto's lasted only a few minutes as she had to push through a dense crowd to shake hands and thank supporters — all while opponents yelled and chanted in the background.