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How much will Whitman’s former maid, an illegal immigrant, hurt the GOP nominee's campaign?

October 4, 2010 | 10:03 am

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Meg Whitman made herself a target by declaring -– in two debates with Jerry Brown -– that employers should be held accountable for hiring illegal immigrants, says Times' columnist George Skelton.

TalkBackLAShe made that declaration even after revelations that she herself had employed an illegal immigrant maid for nine years, unbeknownst to her, she said.

"If we don't hold employers accountable, we will never get our arms around this [illegal immigration] problem," Whitman said.

But Skelton writes: "The only place Whitman has been held accountable is, suddenly, in the political arena."

Whitman blames Brown for orchestrating a smear campaign, something Brown denies.

But Brown, according to Skelton, got off the best line of either debate: "Don't run for governor if you can't stand up on your own two feet and say, 'Hey, I made a mistake. ... You have blamed her, blamed me, blamed the left, blamed the unions. But you don't take accountability."

Skelton says that even if the maid debacle hurts Whitman only a little, it could be a lot in a tight race. What do you think? How much will this hurt her campaign for governor? Share your thoughts below.

Photo: Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown face off during their second debate, held Saturday in Fresno. Credit: Eric Paul Zamora / Getty Images

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