Meg Whitman shares a laugh in this promotional shot from her campaign website.
According to the very busy and seemingly ubiquitous attorney Gloria Allred, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has run afoul of her own public stance on the immigration issue by virtue of having allegedly hired an undocumented worker to help in her home for nearly a decade. For her part, Whitman denied the charge Wednesday and called Allred’s credibility into question. —KA
What did Meg Whitman know and when did she know it?” said Allred, who charged that Whitman “never asked if Nicky were here legally” when she hired her to work as a $23-an-hour housekeeper in Whitman’s 15,000-square-foot home in 2000.
Allred added that Whitman ignored correspondence sent to her home from the Social Security Administration in 2003. The letter informed her that Diaz’ Social Security number did not match her name—a red flag for an undocumented worker.
The letter asked Whitman to show that Diaz had proper documentation, Allred said, and there is no record that Whitman had responded.
The charges came as Whitman was starring in her own news conference in San Jose with Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers, an event aimed to underscore her credentials on job creation. She forcefully denied the accusations.
“I feel terrible for Nicky,” the former eBay CEO told reporters. “She is being manipulated and I’m sorry. Everything Gloria Allred is saying is an absolute lie.”