3). It’s all in the timing. Santillan was fired from the Whitman household in 2009. How long has her attorney Gloria Allred been in contact with her? And why the October surprise bombshell, one month before the election? The appearance of political timing on Allred’s part, nearly a Democratic operative in her own right, is suspect at best. There is either a substantive issue of law here or a timed political move, one or the other. On queue, the maid’s story reads like pure political chicanery and Gloria Allred’s side in the letter is even worse. It reminds me of “Shadow Party” behavior that Bryan Preston has written about here at PJ Media.
Clifton B. at Another Black Conservative found a very interesting discrepancy in the Santillan/Allred letter as well:
The maid’s (Nicky Diaz Santillan) story reads like it was written for maximum effect. Even the sob story about the extra chores she had to do:
Never mind that on her application the extra chores she complains about are checked as things she would do:
4). If the nanny provided false information on her application for employment at Casa Whitman, then isn’t she actually the one that is guilty of a crime here? Forgive me if I am wrong, but the Whitman campaign released documents specifically showing paperwork that Santillan signed, stating under the penalty of perjury that she was a “lawful permanent resident” of the United States. According to pages 12-14, the documents show an allegedly fraudulent Social Security card along with a California’s driver’s license, an IRS W4 form, and an INS verification form. Is Allred therefore harboring a document-forging criminal? Attorneys in the audience — speak up.
Nannygate is a salient example of just how bizarre politics and the Democratic Party’s stranglehold is upon my once-proud and prosperous state. Moonbeam himself picked up the story and spread it like a Los Angeles brush fire on a 115 degree July afternoon. There is even a Jersey Shore connection to the affair. All aspects of the account, from the second rate gossip rag TMZ breaking it, to ambulance-chaser Gloria Allred‘s accusations, to the tear-soaked “press conference” today, are florid and idiotic and fit for the National Enquirer cover, next to headlines of “Obama’s Mistress” and “Three-headed Baby Found on Mars.”
Yesterday Nannygate hit the wires as Meg Whitman hosted a jobs-related news conference with Cisco System’s CEO John Chambers. The San Francisco Chronicle quotes her as saying to Chambers that “politics is a bloodsport.”
More like a tabloid freak show, in this case.
We’ll see how it all plays out in the state home to the highest unemployment in the nation.
Update (Bryan): Well, Allred has produced what she says is the SSA letter, complete with a hand-written note from Whitman’s husband on it ordering the nanny to check it. Here’s the letter itself, and it’s dated April 22, 2003.
And the ball is back in Whitman’s court.
Update (Bryan): While we await the next volley from Whitman, I find this interesting. It’s from the SSA letter
You should not use this letter to take any adverse action against an employee just because his or her Social Security number appears on the list, such as laying off, suspending, firing , or discriminating against the individual. Doing so could, in fact, violate state or federal law and subject you to legal consequences.
So…what are employers supposed to do when they get one of these letters? DHS tried clearing this up and ended up thwarted by the usual suspects, and then the Obama administration came in and dropped the matter entirely, according to Mark Krikorian. Of course they did. Obama is entirely disinterested in having anything to do with border security. Krikorian also notes that one of those who fought the 2002-2003 crackdown on hiring illegals now works for the Obama White House. How nice!
So the Democrats are reduced to using an illegal alien and probable felon, whom Allred is absurdly comparing to Rosa Parks (an insult to Parks, by the way), against a Republican candidate so they can hang onto the governor’s seat in a big blue state, even though the Democrats themselves put advocates for illegal immigration high up in their own administration. Can you spell I-N-S-A-N-E? Then you can spell the one word that best defines our current political predicament.
Update (Bryan): Team Whitman volleys back, saying that the husband thinks it could be his handwriting, but the letter doesn’t really prove what Allred insists it proves. Here’s part of their statement:
“While I honestly do not recall receiving this letter, as it was sent to me seven years ago, I can say it is possible that I would’ve scratched a follow up note on a letter like this, which is a request for information to make certain Nicky received her Social Security benefits and W-2 tax refund for withheld wages. Since we believed her to be legal, I would have had no reason to suspect that she would not have filled it in and done what was needed to secure her benefits.
“It is important to note what this letter actually says: ‘this letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status.’
I have to say, I think the Whitmans have the better argument here. The SSA letter specifically states that it says nothing about the nanny’s immigration status. It says they should take no punitive action against her. It’s entirely plausible and likely that Whitman’s husband saw the letter in 2003, scribbled his note to the nanny, and then forgot about it. Absent something more damning, Allred’s gone all in and turned out to be all wet.
But — she’s still harboring a known illegal alien and probable felon, the idiotic “Rosa Parks” bit notwithstanding. So I suppose the difference between Allred and Jerry Brown on the one hand and Whitman on the other, is that both Allred and Brown know they have an illegal alien presently working for them.
Book ‘em, Dann-O.