Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Meg Whitman Housekeeper Scandal Nicky Diaz and Whitman's Explanation

Meg Whitman's Housekeeper scandal is putting a damper on her bid to become the next governor of California. Meg Whitman's former housekeeper Nicky Diaz, an undocumented worker, surfaced with Gloria Allred in tow roughly a month before the election and claimed that Whitman knowingly hired her, didn't pay her fairly, and mistreated her.

Of course everyone with half a brain knows that this is a political ploy, even if the allegations are true. Many are wondering what Meg Whitman had to say about the allegations:

We hired Nicky because she had all the appropriate documents. We went through a hiring agency and then in June of 2009, she came to me to tell me that she was here illegally and did not have the appropriate documents. I made the hardest decision I have almost made in my life, which was to let her go. And my lawyer said to me, there’s not much you can do for Nicky. She forged documents, she was here illegally and there’s really not much one can do. So it broke my heart, it was incredibly difficult for me to do. But you know what? the real tragedy here is Nicky. After November 2, no one’s gonna be watching out for Nicky Diaz and Jerry, you know, you should be ashamed. You and your surrogates put her deportation at risk, you put her out there and you should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions.

So is it that Jerry should be ashamed, or is it Meg Whitman who should be ashamed? Whitman even noted that the Nicky that surfaced isn't the Nicky she remembers. She said Nicky used to call her "Meg" even though when she surfaced she called her "Mrs. Whitman."

The housekeeper scandal is politics as usual...a typical political campaign gimmick. This should show voters that Jerry Brown is a stereotypical politician.

However, a billionaire employing an undocumented worker doesn't look so good, either.

Of course, this housekeeper scandal will do a lot to harm Whitman with the Latino voter base, which is really an important demographic in California. Hopefully the issues will shine through and the people of California will choose the best person for the job...but is that someone Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown? After the Housekeeper scandal it's hard to see.

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