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Amid California crisis, a campaign focused on a housekeeper and a slur

October 10, 2010 |  9:09 am

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0134851941d4970c-600wi "Just when millions of Californians began tuning in to the upcoming elections, the candidates running for office appeared last week to have wandered onto a different planet, where they speak in tongues and reality is situational."

So says Times Political Editor Cathleen Decker in her Sunday column. Decker notes that the governor's race in recent days has focused more on Meg Whitman's housekeeper and the Jerry Brown associate's "whore" remark than on the real issues.

6a00d8341c630a53ef013488024286970c-320wi "Back on the planet where the rest of California resides, the Legislature on Friday approved a budget a mere 100 days into the state's fiscal year. The lawmakers closed a $19-billion deficit with rosy assumptions of revenue, thus-far-nonexistent federal funds, accounting maneuvers and borrowing that will push debt onto the next governor," Decker writes. "Neither of the candidates who could be the next governor commented specifically about the deal, in keeping with a campaign spent avoiding such things."

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Photos: Nicky Diaz Santillan, a former housekeeper for Meg Whitman, cries during a recent press conference at attorney Gloria Allred's office. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times. Job seekers wait in line in California. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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