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For those who have seen the stories in the major media that fail to delve about California Republican governor nominee Meg Whitman's illegal alien housekeeper, California politics watcher Eric Hogue asks the questions the media ignores in this orchestrated smear.
Looks to me that Whitman handled everything exactly as the law required. The only one dishonest here is the housekeeper, and yet the Democrats try to blame that on Whitman.
The only thing she is being faulted for is that when her husband opened the letter, he trusted the housekeeper enough to say "please follow up on this, the government has some question on your records they want answered." If I had someone as an employee who had given me all the proper paperwork and had already been vetted by the employment agency that recommended her, I would have done exactly the same thing and I wouldn't have thought about it further. I certainly would not have had any reason to suspect she was illegal based on that letter, especially since the letter said itself that it was not an indication there was anything wrong with the person's immigration status, simply that there seemed to be a discrepancy in the government's records.
Don't be too quick to throw up your hands Bird Dog.
Allred tried this phony trick before, and was caught.
It's a month to the election, already a close call in a normally heavily Dem state, with Brown in desperation trying to sound like a Tea Partier. The facts are getting well known, including immigration legal experts coming to Whitman's defense.
The connection to Brown, or his minions, will likely get exposed.
But, even if not, the electorate -- even in California -- aren't fools, and this will likely boomerang.
Meanwhile, Whitman is in the bind of damned-if-she-does or not as far as the large Hispanic part of the electorate, so she's playing it carefully. Those in the Dem pocket are there anyway. Others may well not like being used in a transparent ploy, and -- believe me -- know the immigration laws and recognize that Whitman acted with compassion.
BTW, how many employers pay their housekeeper $23/hour?
Yes, could go either way.
Much will depend on this weekend's debate between Brown and Whitman, and how sharp Whitman's investigators are.
If I had her $, I'd offer $1 or $2 million for a Dem whistleblower, and a free ticket to wherever to enjoy it.
I think that's pretty obvious, the Dem camp uncovered this in the op research, approached her and cut her a deal. I'm curious what the price of her soul turned out to be. It also could have gone down quite innocently for the maid. Allred telling her how they can help her, yadayadayada, then they unveil their true intentions at the press conference.
So what about the California Drivers License? These are supposed to NOT be issued to illegal aliens. Since the housekeeper used a CDL as photo ID for employment, why isn't Jerry Brown prosecuting her?
Stupid question about Brown but the CDL issue I haven't heard being discussed.
The campaign is fighting over the women's vote. Whitman and Fiornia make a point of using photographs of the candidate surrounded with women. The half of the front page, full color picture in the local paper (San Jose Mercury-News) of a weeping Latina "victim" delivers the emotional message the Democrats want to deliver.