Sunday, October 03, 2010

Meg Whitman, the blame game, and the accountability gap

So, wait, let me get this straight... California Republican gubernatorial candidate (and former eBay CEO) Meg Whitman:

  • hires an undocumented (i.e., "illegal") immigrant as her housekeeper;
  • keeps the woman, Nicky Diaz Santillan, on her payroll for nine years;
  • claims, now that she's forced to deal with this in the middle of the campaign, that she didn't know anything about it; and
  • now blames her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, and his "surrogates" for putting the woman at risk?

The real tragedy here is Nicky. After Nov. 2, no one's going to 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 it out there and you should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions,

Whitman said yesterday at her debate with Brown in Fresno. Which is nonsense, of course. It's not Brown's fault that Whitman hired an undocumented immigrant and that the story is now dominating the race -- and it's not his fault what happens to Diaz. It may be a tragedy if she is deported, but the real tragedy is the use and abuse of undocumented immigrants by people like Whitman.

Besides, aren't Republicans supposed to be tough on illegal immigration? Or is it all okay when they use and abuse illegals in secret? To Whitman, perhaps, the real tragedy is that the story got out.

All of which is to say that Brown is right:

Don't run for governor if you can't stand up on your own two feet and say, "Hey I made a mistake." You have blamed her, blamed me, blamed the left, blamed the unions. But you don't take accountability.

It's everyone else's fault but her own, it seems.

There are many good reasons why she isn't right for Sacramento, but this whole episode shows just what sort of person she is.

I wonder what the opening bid on eBay would be on Whitman's conscience.

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  • Griff Harsh, the husband of California gubernatorial candidate Nutneg Whitman, acknowledged in a statement on Thursday that "it is possible" he received and wrote notes on a letter from the Social Security Administration back in 2003, regarding the former housekeeper. The Whitman/ Harsh household then fired their housekeeper in June 2009 (after nine years of service), when Nutmeg handlers decided that she was an election liability.

    Meg, Meg, Meg, where do I start, you have reportedly spent $119 million of your own money to get elected Governor but you couldn’t use some of it to get your housekeeper (after nine years of service) some legal help to get her papers, and worse you lied about it. Wow, what a WITCH, of course I meant it with a “B”.

    But your comments on holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers real takes the cake, I assume you exempt yourself and your husband, or will you be turning yourself in.

    Meg on holding employers accountable:

    Meg you think you can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if you real cared and loved California then why not do your civic duty and vote, seems more rhetoric than anything else.

    In good times we might give you a try but not in our disaster mode that we find ourselves in after that so-called outsider Independent Republican, named Arnold Schwarzenegger (sold to us by radio personalities John and Ken), ruined our state, yah we will trust another one of you liars, think not. And another thing nine years this maid was in your house, in your house and you failed to learned this major thing about her, come on this sounds like a huge lie that no one can believe in.

    Ebay paid out $200,000 because Nutmeg assaulted an employee, so it’s not the first time she has mistreated an employee. Good luck winning Nutmeg, money will buy you admiration from the majority just from the Gay Old Party (GOP), but not from all of California.

    By Anonymous Montana, at 11:18 PM  

  • That’s our society. Politicians, judges, and other prominent officials wail against illegal immigration, then get caught employing them because they want cheap labor.

    Everyone wants cheap labor, but god forbid any illegal immigrants get hired ! I don’t buy the ‘we were duped’ defense.

    I think Whitman knew and/or just didn’t care until she began her campaign and figured out she had a problem that would hurt her. Whitman isn’t the first and won’t be the last to end up like this…

    By Anonymous KenF, at 9:18 PM  

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