A tall blonde from Atherton showed up Monday afternoon for jury duty at the Hall of Justice and Records in Redwood City.

As is customary, a judge asked the woman -- along with dozens of other potential jurors -- whether there was anything he should know about her that would have an impact on a trial.

Yes, the woman replied: She was currently running for governor.

No fooling!

The potential juror was Republican Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, who is locked in a brutal battle with Attorney General Jerry Brown to be California's next governor.

A Whitman campaign source, who noted that it would be improper to disclose what kind of trial the candidate was being considered for, said she still hasn't been excused from the jury pool and might have to report again on Thursday.

So stay tuned.

Late Monday, after word of Whitman's appearance leaked out, the campaign issued this statement:

"She enjoyed meeting her fellow potential jurors this afternoon, but looks forward to returning to the campaign trail where she can continue to tell Californians about her plans to create 2 million jobs during the next five years."

Contact Ken McLaughlin at 408-920-5552.