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The Chicago Way comes to California's gubernatorial race

Last night I published a post about the Chicago Way coming to Michigan's First Congressional District. The Michigan Democratic Party is smearing Dan Benishek with the false accusation that he tried to hide income in order to reduce his child support payments. I explained in my post why the Democrats' claims were false, after which I ended with this:

The lesson we need to learn from this sorry episode doesn't have anything to do with Dan Benishek at all. It's that the Democrats use political tactics that are so sleazy and dishonest that we can't help but come to the conclusion that they will sink to any level that is necessary in order to fulfill their own political needs.

The Democrats and their advocates are proving me right again. The election is only a few weeks away and suddenly Jerry Brown supporter Gloria Allred is claiming that Meg Whitman and her husband Dr. Griffin Harsh knowingly employed an illegal alien by the name of Nicky Diaz Santillan from 2000 to 2009. The Democrats may think they just successfully sabotaged Whitman's chances at winning in November, but reports of Whitman's campaign's demise are premature. Here are the facts as we know them right now:

Meg Whitman hired Ms. Santillan from an employment agency in Menlo Park, to which Ms. Santillan provided both a California drivers licence and social security card. Ms. Whitman was given copies of those documents which can be viewed here. She also also kept a copy of Ms. Santillan's application, which included no less than three other previous employers.

Ms. Santillan claims Ms. Whitman and her husband knew she was illegal when they received a letter from the Social Security Administration informing them that the social security number Ms. Santillan gave them didn't match their records. After Ms. Whitman and her husband denied receiving a letter about Ms. Santillan's immigration status, Ms. Allred produced it. However, the letter she gave to the media wasn't about Ms. Santillan's immigration status at all, but about her retirement, survivorship, and disability insurance. Further, the letter said explicitly that it was not to be used as a statement about Ms. Santillan's immigration status. Here's the pertinent paragraph that Ms. Allred wants everyone to ignore:

Letter from SSA.jpg

Ms. Allred's claim that this letter proves that Meg Whitman knew that Ms.Santallan was illegal is not just a gross misrepresentation; it's an outright lie. The letter that Ms. Allred claims is the smoking gun says the exact opposite of what she claims. How can a letter that so clearly states is not to be used as a statement about an employee's immigration status raise a red flag about an employee's immigration status? Whitman campaign representatives addressed this in a phone interview with TMZ.

It's important to note that whether Ms. Whitman's husband Dr. Harsh saw or didn't see the letter is wholly irrelevant. Allred claimed that Whitman and Harsh received a letter that confirmed Ms. Santillan's status as an illegal alien. The letter she produced that bears Dr. Harsh's handwriting was not that letter.

The owners of the employment agency issued a public statement today in which they said Ms. Santillan provided them with fraudulent documentation as well. I'm sure they don't appreciate her putting their business in jeopardy with her lies.

I hope this scheme blows up in Allred's, Santillan's, and Brown's faces. Granted, there isn't any proof that Jerry Brown had anything to do with this, but the timing of Allred's stunt can only benefit him and at just the right time, when Whitman started overtaking Brown in the polls.


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Comments (11)

Thanks for that.When... (Below threshold)

Thanks for that.
When they can't use the truth, they make things up. It's the liberal way.

Brown will go down over thi... (Below threshold)

Brown will go down over this. This lie is to blatant even for politics. Political lies have to at least not contradict the very same documentary evidence it presents.

This is not a high bar, but the Brown campaign has found a shocking way of failing it.

If the people of Cali vote ... (Below threshold)
Rich K:

If the people of Cali vote for Jerry then thats on them. If it happens I suggest they also buy seats on the Titanic redux that decision will result in.
Personally Im hoping for some serious San Andreas fault action to solve the problem.

Gloria Allred is a professi... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Gloria Allred is a professional liar and self-promoter. It is a well known safety rule in California that the most dangerous place in the state to be is between Gloria and a TV camera.

But give her due credit: in these trying economic times, she has stepped up and offered her own personal stimulus program to Beverly Hills plastic surgeons.

I saw an interesting take o... (Below threshold)

I saw an interesting take on this from Prof Jacobson, his opinion is that Alred is basically open for a malpracitce suit because she has basically outed a crimal that she claims to represent. It look pretty clear that the only law breaking was done by her client, so in the name of harming a political foe she has exposed this woman to felony charges. I hope that's exactly what happens. As for the California election if this is how they want to decide an election in this environment then the get what they deserve.

You know, having lived thro... (Below threshold)

You know, having lived through a portion of Brown's first tenure as Governor, I have to say, if Meg was using illegals to run Black Tar heroin to the bay area and selling babies on eBay, I would still think about voting for her.

Younger people really have no idea how bad it was in the Brown era here in California.

Jerry's October Surprise wa... (Below threshold)

Jerry's October Surprise was just delivered a coouple days days early. He was probably scared of how well Meg had done in their debate, so he wanted to slow her momentum.

John, Mark Levin told her t... (Below threshold)

John, Mark Levin told her the same thing when she was on his show last night. He asked her why she was placing her client in legal jeopardy. Allred claimed that her client knew what she was doing and thought the risk was worth it, to which Levin shouted back at her, "Just to get unpaid mileage money?!?!"

Allred is the one who is exploiting this woman. Whitman helped her by giving her a job.

A billionaire gets in hot w... (Below threshold)

A billionaire gets in hot water and the right wing apologists come running to her defense.

Welcome to MaidGate.

"How can a letter that so clearly states is not to be used as a statement about an employee's immigration status raise a red flag about an employee's immigration status? "

Maybe the part that says your employee's SS number doesn't match our records.

The letter goes on to state what action the employer was required to take.

Whitman didn't take the action (filling out the form requested) as the Social Security letter instructed her to do.

Maybe because Meg Whitman is a billionaire she isn't required to do what the SS administration tells her she has to do? I guess that's what you're implying - that rich Republicans can ignore the law.

OK Dane thanks for clearing... (Below threshold)

OK Dane thanks for clearing that up for us, now go back to the plantation. Whitman did the only thing she could she fired the maid, that's what the law requires. Is this the biggest issue California has to deal with, really? I mean they are broke thanks to the democrats that have driven their economy into the ditch that might be a tad bit more important than Whitman's maid. This is what Dane's party has reduced our politics to and why we're constantly choosing the lesser of 2 evils. Dane go shout from the roof tops about this non issue all you want. If California voters want to choose moon beam because of this then they will have what they deserve.

Dane: "Maybe because Meg Wh... (Below threshold)

Dane: "Maybe because Meg Whitman is a billionaire she isn't required to do what the SS administration tells her she has to do? I guess that's what you're implying - that rich Republicans can ignore the law."

Would now be a good time to ask why all those Dems refused to pay their taxes and yet still occupy their seats in congress and on obambi's staff?

Plus, where are all the jobs Dane?

Where. Are. The. Jobs?






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