The Smoking Gun, err Letter, Against Meg Whitman? Gloria Allred Holds 2nd Press Conference
Gloria Allred this afternoon showed what she said is proof that gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and her husband knew they were employing an illegal immigrant for several years. And if Whitman denies it, she is ready with even more proof, Allred said.
The drama began Tuesday morning when Allred announced she was representing Whitman's former housekeeper Nicky Diaz, who worked for the family from 2000 to 2009. It is alleged that Whitman and her husband Dr. Griff Harsh knew that Diaz was undocumented since at least 2003 when the social security administration sent a letter to the couple regarding a mismatch in name and social security number.
But Whitman denied they ever saw that letter, suggesting that perhaps Diaz intercepted it. Allred, however, showed the apparent Social Security letter with Dr. Harsh's handwriting on it: "Nicky, please check this, thanks."
"Now that we've shown you the evidence, let's see if [Whitman is] going to deny it," Allred said.
But what if Diaz intercept the letter and forge Dr. Harsh's handwriting? Allred said Diaz was never in charge of the mail unless Whitman and Dr. Harsh were on vacation, and that he did indeed write the note on the Social Security letter. "If they would like to deny that, I would like to come back and provide further evidence... let's see what they say," asserted Allred.
Still, other questions remain. For one, some are curious why, if this is at all true, would Whitman wait for six months into her campaign to fire Diaz. Whitman said this morning if she would have done it for the political reasons Allred alleges, it would have been done before her official gubernatorial announcement. But Allred says it occurred because Diaz was seeking help getting an immigration attorney and becoming a citizen.
Also, has Allred been working in cahoots with Whitman's opponent Attorney General Jerry Brown? Well, she denies that.