Here’s the deal as I understand it at the moment. Meg Whitman, the Republican who’s running for governor of California against Moonbeam Brown, fired a housekeeper last year who it turns out is in the country illegally. Whitman claims she fired the housekeeper after discovering that she’d lied about her legal employment status on her job application.
The woman and her attorney, the obnoxious dirtbag magnet Gloria Allred, claim Whitman knew as early as 2003 that the housekeeper was an illegal alien and only chose to fire her after deciding she could be a political liability during her run for governor. Oh, and Allred also claims that Whitman was a big meanie of a boss to her client, but I’m guessing the “illegal” part is going to be the story here.
It’s said that Whitman received a “no match” letter from the Social Security Administration, which is a red flag concerning a discrepancy with an employee’s social security number.
Michelle Malkin on that point:
Yes, Gloria Allred is a crapweasel. But an SSN no-match letter usually speaks for itself. And if Whitman did in fact receive the no-match letter in 2003/2005, her credibility goes out the window.
If Whitman did know about her housekeeper’s illegal status years before she allegedly fired her for the same offense, then Whitman’s earned whatever the fallout is from this.
Don’t people usually hire illegal help because they can pay them less than minimum wage?
Nicky Diaz Santillan, Whitman’s housekeeper of 9 years, held a news conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, and claims Whitman had all the clues she was an undocumented worker but closed her eyes to it because she was cheap help … $23 an hour.
Criminy… what’s the minimum wage in California? It seems to me that, especially in this economy, you could find a legal resident to work for that same money. But I understand this is also California, where a glass of lemonade at a kid’s stand will put you back $40.
It’s also worth noting that if Whitman had suspected in 2000 that the applicant wasn’t legal and declined to hire her based on that, Gloria Allred (and most on the left for that matter) would have accused Whitman of profiling and racism — but I digress.
But I’ll wait until all the facts are in before laughing at Whitman for the hypocrisy of things like this:
The moral of the story for rich politicians: Do your own damn housekeeping!