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September 30, 2010

If Allred Around the Edges, the Photo’s Still Lethal

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Combine the shoving incident, the immigration double talk and now the question of why Whitman didn’t respond to red-flag letters from the Social Security Administration regarding Nikki’s employment and the Whitman campaign is twisting in the not-so-proverbial wind.

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Meg’s team can complain all they want about the the mega-promotional (see: all red) Allred; the timing; the media show (and I do love the Reuters shot for this); and the employment of

celebrity site TMZ to guarantee the imagery from yesterday’s press conference would be immediately vacuumed into the annals of scandal iconography, there is nothing they can do about the political toxicity of that face, those eyes and those tears, especially beyond the gated communities.

(caption: Nicky Diaz, former housekeeper for California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, listens as attorney Gloria Allred talks to reporters in Los Angeles Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.  Diaz alleges that Whitman was notified seven years ago that the worker might be in the country illegally, but did nothing about it.)

  • intherisingsun

    ‘these amateurs keep giving us professionals a bad name’

  • Malika

    it always starts with Gloria, I suppose. I do like the way she made the larger point about the treatment of undocumented workers, a big issue in a growing list of states.

  • bks

    This is California. Don’t underestimate the power of celebrity.
    You can laugh at Gloria Allred, but she can get face time on
    the T.V. shows that people actually watch as opposed to shows
    they dont, like political debates.

    By the way, did Meg Whitman hire the same makeup man as
    Herman Munster? She looked awful in the debate.


  • bks

    Whitman has denied that she or her husband ever received a letter from the Social Security Administration alerting
    them to any discripancy in Diaz’s status.

    [Whitman's husband] Griffith Harsh issued a statement today conceding he might have seen the letter, but denied it
    was a red flag concerning Diaz’s legal status.

    Translation: the (2003) letter was produced and it had a note from Whitman’s husband on the back!

    Say goodnight, Meg.


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