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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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steve! are you legal?

I guess this is place where all the anti-Whitman loonies hang out. At least it keeps you wackos off the streets. Let's try something new. Mention a few "facts". The maid is the cirminal not Meg. The maid confessed to crimes including illegal entry into the US, falsifying documents, fraud, etc. Meg Whitman had denied anything that violated the law and is innocent unil PROVEN guilty. So anyone who cares about the law or what is "right" would want the maid arrested and jailed or deported as job 1. Anyone who doesn't is a political hack using this drummed up non-issue for partisan political purposes, plain and simple.

I know that when you are a juror in any court in this country, you are clearly told that if a person lies on the stand, then you MUST disregard the rest of their testimony.

I just finished jury duty, these were not the instructions we were given. The judge said if someone lies about one thing on the stand, YOU must decide whether to believe all of their testimony, some of their testimony, or none of their testimony. There is no truth to Doug’s statement. But facts don’t matter, right?


Even if you did fire the maid as soon as you found at her status. Why would you not contact the authorities to alert them that this person committed Fraud and was in the country illegally? If you won't deport someone who you personally knew was illegal, how can the public be sure of your tuff stance towards immigration?

This will back fire on Alred and the maid, I am now voting for Meg this is bs at its best . prosecute the maid


Is the fact that you did not vote, and the fact that you didn't bother to really find out if your worker was illegal, a sign that you have just been apathetic to politics and the law, as long as you didn't have direct involvement?

Yes - let's polygraph ALL people running for office! Everyone knows that NO ONE is perfect. Our job as voters is to vote for the lesser of two evils. Pick yours...

Gosh, Steve... nothing about Ms. Diaz crying with a loaf of bread under each arm (sorry, but $23 bucks an hour DOES = being treated like a human being)? Nothing about her crying without a tear falling from her face? Nothing about her crying while reading a PREPARED STATEMENT? You've fallen for this ridiculous charade hook, line and sinker. It's no wonder that your pathetic birdcage-liner of a newspaper is bleeding red ink.

Stay journalistic there, Steve.

Thanks Steve...here are my questions:

Can you honestly say that it never crossed your mind that Ms. Diaz might be here illegally before she confessed to you?

Have you ever acted unethically at any time in your professional life?

How much do you estimate you personally will save in taxes each year by reducing the captial gains tax?

How do you intend to recoup your $119M investment in this campaign?

Yes, definitely, a lie detector test.

And we have a cardiologist standing by to determine whether or not Whitman has a heart?

This issue is also seriously in question.

Steve Lopez has morphed into a hack.

No wonder nobody reads/ respects/ subscribes LA Times. It publishes such non-sense trash. LA Times should fire the trash writer like Lopez in order to restore its reputation and readership.
To end this drama, the REAL law makers should arrest and deport that criminal maid.

If she passes I'll vote for her

Allred and her client didn't OFFER to take a polygraph test, Meg Whitman DID.
Why are you right wingers so angry about someone trying to follow through on Whitman's voluntary offer?

it doesn't even matter at this point!

Steve, let's have the lie detector test, right after the arrest warrant is issued and the deportation proceedings are instituted for Ms. Diaz.


Way to go--- I would love to her examined with a lie-detector because mine has gone off already!

Whitman, all along, has been an advocate of harsh penalties for employers who hire undocumented immigrants. When it was shown her family was aware of issues with Diaz's status/documentation, (which Whitman strongly denied until the documents were public) all we know she does is ignore it until her campaign wagon is rolling.

Questions for Whitman:

Did she ever discuss her employees' immigration status with her employees?

What did she learn and how did she know it was true?

What employment records do you keep and when will you make them public?

What do you think the penalty should be for an employer that knowingly employees an undocumented immigrant for 9 years and lies about it?

My questions for Meg Whitman:
1) What would be your response to a mother of a fallen soldier who shed his/her blood on the battle field for your right to vote but you chose not to support democracy by voting? Why?
2) If you are so good at business and know how to create jobs then why do you still not have a job?
3) What value do you hold and have for every California voter that you chose to hide, decieve, and conceal your maids issue. I am not looking for when you knew by why you chose to deceive the voters?

Lopez, Lopez, I wonder why he wants to give a lie dector test to the Republican and not test a someone who lied on her papers, as most do, could it be political? Oh my, a L.A. Times writer would never do that!


I guess some things never change. The LA Times is as prejudice and biased as ever, always defending the liberals and democrats even though as many as 75% of Californians identify with moderate views.

And they wonder why I hang up on their telemarketers every time they call.

Steve...if she takes the test and passes it, will you consent to resigning and never write another word in a public forum? That would almost be worth it.

Let's say Meg Whitman knew......

Would she have been considered a racist for not hiring her?

Illegals just create problems.

If all candidates were required to answer questions from the public via polygraph testing, all political contests would be brought to an abrupt conclusion and we would have to invent a new system of government.

Hi Meg, two part question.... First, why didn't you come out with this during the primary? You could have used it as a teachable moment, underscoring how difficult it is to find honest help these days. Second, do you think under these circumstances you have any credibility to crack down on employers who flaunt immigration laws as promised throughout the campaign?

Steve, if you are going to hold Whitman to your standards, I'd love to see you do the same with Brown and call him out on his hand in drowning California in debt. When you can't argue substance, personal attacks seem to be the only answer. By the way, why has no law suit been filed yet. Why doesn't anyone mention Allred trafficking in sleaze.........once again!

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