At a debate in California which was broadcast in Spanish, Candidate Meg Whitman accused her opponent, Jerry Brown, of releasing the story about the undocumented housekeeper she had fired. Brown said that, if she won’t take responsibility for her actions, she shouldn’t be governor.
Whitman fired Nicandra Diaz Santillan in June 2009 after 9 years of employment. Diaz Santillan appeared at a news conference held by attorney Gloria Allred, the Forrest Gump of sensational news stories. She said that Whitman told her, “I cannot help you. And don’t say anything to my children. I will tell them you already have a new job … and from now on you don’t know me, and I don’t know you. You have never seen me, and I have never seen you. Do you understand me?”
Of course, the Latino community was less than thrilled with Whitman, so Queen Nutmeg tried to make believe that she was only worried about the housekeeper she threw out like yesterday’s trash. She said, “The real tragedy here is Nicky. After Nov. 2, no one’s going to be watching out for Nicky Diaz.” Then she blamed Jerry Brown and his supporters for putting the former maid in jeopardy of being deported.
Originally, Queen Nutmeg accused the maid of stealing her mail, saying neither she nor her husband were aware of a letter from the government that said that the maid’s Social Security number did not match her name. Allred took out a letter that Queen Nutmeg’s husband, Dr. Griffith Harsh, had written on, instructing the maid to check on that. Neither Queen Nutmeg nor her husband took any additional steps to look into the matter.
During a primary battle against Steve Poizner, Queen Nutmeg campaigned against a path to legalization of illegal immigrants. She said that employers should be held accountable for hiring them.
(NOTE: This post was edited to delete any traces of a story from the San Jose Mercury News. The reason can be found here.)