The Gubernatorial 'Political Race Blow-Up': Whitman Responds to Allegations, Brown Chimes In
Gubernatorial Candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman held a press conference in Santa Monica this morning, once again defending herself against allegations made by her former housekeeper, who is represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred.
"This is truly a polical smear... based on lies," Whitman said. "Frankly I think Jerry Brown should be ashamed of what his allies have done here."
KABC's John North called the situation a "political race blow-up," explaining that the candidate claims she was not aware of Nicky Diaz's immigration status until 2009, nine years after she was hired. Supposedly, Diaz was responsible for the mail, where any notices about inconsistencies about her employment documents from the government would have been intercepted.
"It's absolutely false," Whitman said about accusations that allege she knew bout Diaz' status before 2009 when she terminated the job.
Gubernatorial opponent Attorney General Jerry Brown chimed in yesterday after the news broke. "Once again, Meg Whitman has shown that she thinks the rules don't apply to her. After more than a year of Whitman demanding immigration policy that 'holds employers accountable,' we learn that accountability doesn't extend to her own actions.," he said. "From the start, Meg Whitman has failed to tell Californians the truth - about her voting record, her positions on climate change, her history of conflict with staffers, or about Jerry Brown. California deserves a governor who tells the truth.”
At this point, it's a she said, she said story. Allred, who supposedly has documents to prove that Whitman knew of Diaz's immigration status, questioned if this was a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" situation. She said that on April 22, 2003, the Social Security Administration sent a letter to Whitman and her husband indicating a mismatch with Diaz's name and reported social security number, indicating that she may be undocumented. Apparently, the letter was never followed up on, including several letters over the next several years.
"We used an employment agency to find Nicky. She filled out a 10-99, showed a California driver’s license. Everything was in order," Whitman explained to Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Network yesterday afternoon. "We specified with the agent we wanted to make sure we had someone who was here legally to work in the United States. No one was more surprised when she came to be in June 2009 and admitted she was here illegally and had forged the documents.”