Meg Whitman Denies Knowing Her Housekeeper Was in the U.S. Illegally
By Michael R. Blood and Juliet Williams, Associated Press |CNSNews
Los Angeles (AP) – Meg Whitman has courted Hispanic voters with Spanish-language radio and TV ads, a Spanish-language website, Spanish-language billboards — even Spanish-language posters at bus stops in Hispanic neighborhoods.
But her fight to win Latino votes has come to an unexpected place — her own home.
The Republican candidate for California governor Wednesday denied allegations that she knew for years her housekeeper was an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and that she ignored warnings from the government that her employee might have dubious legal status in the U.S.
For a candidate who has called for tougher sanctions against employers who hire illegal workers, the allegations, if proven, could undercut her credibility just weeks before Election Day and damage her image, particularly with Hispanics she has pursued for months.
Gloria Allred, a Los Angeles attorney who represents Whitman’s former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan, said she would release evidence Thursday showing Whitman was aware of the maid’s illegal status as far back as 2003, a claim Whitman denies.