I am reminded that Gloria Allred was the devlish Democrat who unleashed the sexual sleaze on former Gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, nearly de-railing his viability. Except for that backlash thing I write about further down.
People see through the political chicanery.
Delivering on their promised threats, Democrats are dishing the dirt. First up from the sleazy tricks department is a stunning attack on California Republican candidate Meg Whitman.
During a news conference today, fame addict Gloria Allred revealed that her client Nicky Diaz Santillian, Ms. Whitman's housekeeper, is in this country illegally.
"...Allred, a longtime Democratic supporter who once gave money to Democratic candidate Jerry Brown, claimed that the Social Security Administration sent a letter to the Whitman household saying the Social Security number given for Diaz Santillan did not match her name. When asked by reporters about this, Whitman flatly denied receiving any such letters.
The campaign issued a copy of a job application, Social Security card and driver license they say Diaz Santillan presented to Whitman and her husband, which led them to believe she was allowed to work in the U.S.
It's too soon to know what impact this will have on the campaign, but a CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll released Wednesday suggested the Brown is pulling ahead of Whitman (52 percent to 39 percent of likely voters) in what had been characterized in recent polls as a very close race.
The Whitman campaign painted Allred's claims as a political stunt just weeks before November's election.
The accusation came a day after Whitman and her Democratic rival, California Attorney Gen. Jerry Brown, faced off in their first debate of the campaign. When asked about her position on immigration, Whitman said that employers must be held accountable when they employ illegal immigrants.
"We do have to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers and we do have to enforce that law."
But Whitman said she fulfilled her legal obligations, letting Diaz Santillan go once she and her husband found out "she was an illegal immigrant."
Here are a few questions that the MSM should be asking but won't: Is Allred representing the Brown campaign or Nicky Santillian? Why has she exposed her client to investigation and deportation, as well as perjury for lying about her status to her employer (Whitman's campaign provided the false documentation that Santillian gave Whitman when hired.)?
Will ICE launch an investigation into Santillian's immigration status? Why has Allred put her client in jeopardy?
I think that anyone (even the Democrats) will consider this a cheap political trick, and one that has a strong likelihood of backfiring. This smacks of the last second LAT attack on Arnold Schwarzenegger, which served to motivate the previously unispired GOP base.
Shame on Allred. Shame on Brown.
Excuse me now ....I need to take a shower.