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Steve Lopez: Meg, let's get together for that lie-detector test

Lopeztalkback OK, Meg, I've got a polygraph expert lined up.

That's right. In response to gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s pledge that she would take a lie-detector test to prove that she and her husband didn’t know they had an illegal immigrant cleaning their house for nine years, I made a couple of calls and got it all set up.


Lisa Javoric, a Los Angeles private detective, suggested I call her associate, John Grogan. And it turns out that Grogan, who has been doing polygraph exams for 23 years, has been following campaign news.

Before I could complete a single sentence, Grogan said:

"Oh, sure. I'll test Meg Whitman for you."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01348543c899970c-600wi Grogan said he has done thousands of polygraph exams and considers himself one of the most reliable lie-detector guys in the world. I was thinking maybe I could persuade our cousins at KTLA to broadcast the polygraph exam on live television, if Whitman goes for it, and Grogan said that would be no problem at all.

"I'll go anywhere at any time," he said.

So what do you say, Meg? There still seem to be a few discrepancies on what you and your husband knew about the housekeeper and when you knew it.

Out of the goodness of my heart and in the public interest, I'm offering you the chance to clear it all up, and you know where you can contact me. As for readers, here's your chance to participate.

As soon as possible, send us your questions for Meg regarding her maid, her campaign promises or her time at Goldman Sachs. I'll try my best to have some of your queries added to Meg's polygraph exam.

Talk about direct democracy.

Don't delay; just ask away.

Photo: Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred speaks to the media as she represents Whitman's former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz, at Allred's offices in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images. Whitman. L.A. Times credit.

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ask him if he is wearing the same wig as he wore on the debate

Darrin Davis asks: "Why aren't you upset at the maid, who addmitted using a fake Drivers License, a fake Social Security Card, signing an I-9 knowing that it was illegal?"

Simply stated, the housekeeper is not asking us to give her the chief executive position of the State. Meg's truth fullness is paramount to us making a decision on who to vote for. Jerry's is too.

Let's hook a lot of people up to that machine.
Here's a question for you, Lopez: Are Latinos above the law? (as in immigration law)
Here's a question for Jerry Brown: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for Gloria Allred: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for the illegal alien maid: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for Mayor VivaLaRaza: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for President Obama: Are Latinos above the law?
Heres a question for Janet Napolitano: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for Nancy Pelosi: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for Harry Reid: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for MSNBC's Keith Ubermanure: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for MSNBC's Rachel MadCow: Are Latinos above the law?
Here's a question for everyone at La Raza, MALDEF, LULAC, ACLU, The LA Times: Are Latinos above the law?

Who cares, between illegals, gang bangers, scum, billionaires Cali is now the scum of the earth and always be. It is over with and time to move

This is the funniest column you've written in a long time. I predict Meg will forget her pledge to the people of California.

If letting the maid go was the toughest decision of Meg's life. Where does one go to recover from such a life changing experience? Did she get therapy or counseling?
If she can't help the person who worked in her house for nine years and took care of her children. What hope does a Latina woman living in East L.A. have for Meg helping improve their lives as Governor.

Marvelous example of why our state is in trouble: one candidate authorized state employee unions, is endorsed by the SEIU, cut spending on infrastructure, was mayor of Oakland when it refused to disclose city salaries, and appointed Rose Bird. Whitman built a successful company, hired a maid who gave false ID. The LA Times and Steve Lopez naturally want to focus on....Meg Whitman's maid. Ah you guys really are a first class newspaper!

Sorry Steve Lopez, but in this country you are innocent until proven guilty. Let's first determine if Nica falsified any of her ID documentation

Good job Steve, while your at it, have Gloria Alred there to answer live on KTLA who is paying her to handle this case, since it is not the illegal nanny and she is not doing it pro bono. THAT SHOULD CLEAR UP A LOT OF THINGS. Don't delay, ask away!

Lopez is truly a bleeding heart liberal buffoon who would actually go into a voting booth and vote for a man who failed miserably at the job 30 years ago, while ignoring a fabulously successful CEO who, while taking a business approach to the state's economic mess, might actually make it work.

All I need to know about this latest nannygate fiasco is that Gloria Allred is involved, which means it is bull excrement, nothing more.


Since Meg believed that her maid was legally working in the U.S., Meg must have been paying social security taxes on behalf of Nicky. Didn't Meg get any other no-match letters from SSA when she sent in those quarterly payments from 2003-2009.

I was not a Whitman fan, but this story STINKS. It was not the IRS, it was the social security administration and it does not suggest illegal. I am amazed that so few care that an illegal, forged documents, stole someone's identity, lied and most likely tampered with the mail regarding subsequent notices. The timing doesn't even make sense. Nicky sat on this "letter" for over a year, and then it conveniently comes out right before election time, BULL. If Whitman were dumping her for the campaign, it would have been done sooner, not months later. People, start using your brains and stop acting like sheep being led to a slaughter. I have heard more people say they didn't like either candidate, but now with this phony allegation people are thinking of supporting Whitman, and that makes me angry.

Meg, when did you find out that John and Ken are so popular and correct in nearly all of their views?

My father told me you should follow through on your word. Seems like someone called Meg on her bluff. It's one thing to say your going to do something versus following through. Imagine how this is going to be if she is elected governor. I envision empty promises from a woman who has nothing to lose with the middle class and poor in California, but a whole lot to gain with her financially well to do friends.

Would it kill somebody in the media to do a little research? It seems that most journalists haven’t bothered to make themselves aware of a few facts:

On October 7, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule rescinding the Social Security “no match rule”, which would have required employers to fire workers who are unable to resolve discrepancies in their Social Security records within 90 days of receiving a “no-match” letter from the Social Security Administration.

The rule had been blocked for two years following a lawsuit against DHS filed by (surprise!) the American Civil Liberties Union, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

Those “no-match” letters are still sent out, but they tell the employer not to take punitive action against an employee whose name and Social Security number do not match.

ms whitman...when did first realize that social security numbers have to be 9 digits?

Who cares about the maid? The maid ain't running for governor.

To Wrong Idea Lopez:

"Way to go, use your position in media to spin this."

Really? What do you think Meg Whitman has been doing by privately funding her campaign with a record $119 million? In case you need the answer it's: BUYING THE MEDIA, so she can put her "spin" on everything from the economy to blasting lies about Jerry Brown. For those of you who don't work in media, wake up: 90% of it is for sale and has been sold to the highest bidder. Hats off to Steve Lopez for at least using his position as a JOURNALIST (a dying breed) and call these people out on their lies.

Pls ask Meg if she's fired gardeners and servants in the last 2 days

Meg Whitman asks for a polygraph test. She should get one.

The following is printed clearly on the letter wiaved around by Allred.

"This letter does not imply that you or your employee intentionally provided incorrect information about the employee’s name or SSN…Any employer

that uses the information in this letter to justify taking adverse action against an employee may violate state or federal law and be subject to legal consequences. Moreover, this letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status."

In addition I am just shocked that a reporter from the LA Times fails to disclose that Allred had contributed to Brown AND volunteered for him during previous campaign runs. Couple that with the failure to mention the fact that the "victim" broke numerous immigration and tax laws and admitted to fraud. This piece goes beyond attacking Whitman. It is blatant race baiting. Lopez should be fired and The Times if it has any hope of regaining its credibility should immediately print a retraction and apology.

I see one comment so far about helping the maid achieve legal status. Here is a person who worked in this country for 9 years, didn't commit any crime, paid taxes and according to Meg, was like one of the family. Why not help her instead of just throwing her under the bus in a selfish attempt at self-preservation? I would rather share CA with the maid than with Meg Whitman. Doesn't anyone have any compassion anymore? And I have seen people here legally with Green Cards from countries other than Mexico who have needed lawyers and money to get through the labyrinth to citizenship. How else is a poor maid going to get help? Well, now she has the lawyer. Good for her!

How is it that the lady lied on her employment documents, came into the country illegally, and saying she was mistreated unfairly in employment? She was getting paid $23.00 per hour working 4 days a week. And if she was treated so poorly by the Whitman's, why did she decide to for 9 years?

I have more questions for you and Ms. Allred then I have for Whitman. But I will not take the time because neither of you will answer. Besides, others here have addressed the issue. Why are you making such a big deal about Whitman? What about the lies of the employee, and Ms. Allred....well enough of her.

Look people; lets just take this challenge for what it is: Meg said she'd take the LD test, now it's been offered. My money says 1 billion to 1 that she will weasel out of it. I really don't care about her having a illegal alien working for them (I'm sure everyone responding to this article has checked the status of their gardeners, pool cleaner, etc.). It's all about Meg saying she would do something, and she said it very loudly. I was not going to vote for her, but if she takes the LD test, I will.

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