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Voters unhappy with Whitman's handling of housekeeper controversy, poll finds. What do you think?


The latest Los Angeles Times-USC poll found that a majority of those questioned believed Meg Whitman did not handle the controversy over her housekeeper's immigration status well.

6a00d8341c630a53ef013488024286970c-320wiThe poll showed Democrat Jerry Brown with a  52% to 39% lead over Republican Whitman. Although it's not clear how much the housekeeper controversy has hurt Whitman, the poll offers some clues. According to Times Political Editor Cathleen Decker:

Overall, by 52% to 41%, voters said that Whitman had not handled the housekeeper controversy well. The same key voter groups — women, independents and Latinos — offered the harshest verdicts. When asked how Brown had handled the matter, voters were more divided, with 37% saying he did well and 43% saying he did not. Among independent voters, a plurality approved of Brown's actions.

The damage to Whitman's candidacy over the last month could be seen in a host of poll findings. The percentage of voters with an unfavorable view of her rose slightly from 47% to 52%, making her the only major candidate with a majority negative impression. Her favorable rating stayed at 37%.

In September, Nicandra Diaz Santillan held a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred to announce that she had been employed by Whitman for nine years, a period during which she said Whitman became aware of her illegal status. Whitman countered that she had not known of Diaz Santillan's status until shortly before firing her in 2009.

What do you think? Share your view below. See full coverage of the Times/USC poll here and here.

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I would submit most people, voters and otherwise, are unhappy with repeatedly seeing the picture of the sobbing idiot and the exploiting idiot.

Jerry Brown has openly called for amnesty for illegals and unlimited admission of illegals to CA Universities. His election will result in another million illegals flooding into LA to freeload on the county/state's welfare net

"Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families."

"The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWORKS welfare program, according to Los Angeles County figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich."

"The new figure represents an increase of $3.7 million from July 2009 and makes up 23% of all county welfare and food stamp assistance, according to county records."

"Last year, welfare and food stamp issuances totaled nearly $570 million, an amount projected to exceed $600 million this year. In addition, county taxpayers spend $550 million in public safety -- mostly for jail costs -- and nearly $500 million for healthcare for illegal immigrants, Antonovich said."

It's the republican way - do as I say, not as iI do.

It had no baring on my decision, but it does reveal that it is harder for corporations to detect who is working in the country illegally, and there should be more done in respect to contractors and employment agencies.

CA public unions think they are are impervious from layoffs, furloughs., and pay cuts. CA superior and district appeals court judges are in pockets of CA public unions. No surprise AS CA is run by and controlled by PEUs. They only maintain power because they are allied with the SoCal/LA Latino-labor coalition. The CA PEU's and their puppet CA state politicians allow illegals to overrun the state and steal 10 billion in benefits because they depend on Hispanic votes to keep power. That is why the LA County AFL-CIO sponsored & paid for 11 buses to go to AZ to support pro-illegal alien protesters. CA public unions are greedy, feel entitled, and run CA like a fiefdom, bleeding CA dry of tax $ and refusing to adjust their hrs, pay and benefits even by a little during the worst economic downturn since the great depression..

Brown is a puppet and is brought and paid by the CA public employee unions.

It goes to show you that many people feel that if she could not help another human being living in her house, what chance does someone living 100 miles away have. A severance, lawyer or even a referral to an attorney would have been the humane thing to do. This woman took care of her children.
Meg the Billionaire with a "B" deserves all the negative press that came with this.

How about paying an American a little extra to do the job legally. She was content using a shady housecleaning referral company with questionable people. You get what you pay for.

deport Nicki Diaz asap

Geez, A Latino maid got 28 dollar per hour housekeeping job!!! Latinos should vote for Whitman, Whitmans shows respect to LAtinos, paying them good money.

I swear this ex-maid is being used by the union leaders/government workers to beat Whitman, because then they have to work until 60 just like the rest of us.
We should oust this goverment mafia. Im keep paying taxes for their overpaid easy jobs.

Latinos should understand that Whitman wouldnt have fired the Latino maid if she is not running for politics. Yes, Whitman knows she is illegal and yet she kept her until she was pressured by politics.

So LAtinos, understand this, Whitman has respect for LAtinos, she is just playing politics because everyone knows this is the game right now.

This really is the big picture...

Who cares how she handled this illegal servant...Whitman is a proven success story and someone CA needs to turn the table on the economy...regardless if she's a Dem, GOP or Independent...

Voting for a mediocre at best, career politician is insanity...When the economy is great, you could place the janitor in that position; however, when everything is circling the drain, you need a proven, successful leader to make necessary, hard changes...

As far as the servant...I heard that she admitted to receiving a salary for 12 years without paying state/fed taxes...she should be arrested for tax evasion, do some prison time and then deported...Let's hear it for her attorney for putting her confession on TV...

I'm one of those that was turned off by Whitman's handling of the housekeeper scandal. Whether or not one is sympathetic to the housekeeper, the bottom line is that Whitman had 14 months to reveal the information and exert some control over the message. She didn't. She concealed the information, hoping in vain that it wouldn't blow up in her face. What was she thinking?

Whatever she was thinking, it shows a lack of judgement and competence on her part. These are not qualities I want to see in a governor.

Whitman's sense of commitment on this issue is completely non-existent. The fact that she employed Ms. Diaz Santillan for so long shows her true intent - to employ affordable housekeeping help - and Whitman fired her when it became inconvenient to her ambitions.

It's too bad that our society is so two-faced about this issue. If Whitman had paid the housekeeper properly and had paid payroll taxes based on employing her, it still wouldn't matter to those who seemingly are arbitrarily opposed to undocumenteds (and their offspring) doing anything but begging on the streets here in the U.S.

Whitman would have been better off just taking a stand consistent with her behavior and telling critics to "get over it." Instead, by trying to have it both ways, she looks like the insincere, opportunistic political wannabe she truly is. This is just one of many reasons she'll be a footnote come the day after the election.

Good ole' Nikki is an illegal immigrant who gained employment by using false documents. Meg Whtiman should not have had to defend herself against that liar (Nikki) and bottom-feeder (Allred). Whitman may not win, but I am still voting for her.

The Gloria Allred hit job on Whitman was well planned and executed. I'd still like to know who is paying Gloria. As far as Whitman "handling" it, what would you suggest ? She can't very well sue the agency that vouched for the maid, can she ? Another four years of Jerry Brown as governor is so depressing that there is little more to say.

Actually, I think Whitman would have been better served in her campaign as well as in real life if instead - upon the confession of her nanny that she had lied about her status - of firing her outright, Whitman had picked up the phone and called an immigration attorney and tried to get the woman help. Whitman certainly can afford it.
Firing a longtime family retainer you profess to have “loved” strikes a woefully cold note… and acting otherwise would have reinforced the “softer side” of Whitman now being touted by her campaign.

Whitman is NO friend...just look how she handled Nicki Diaz Santillan, a woman coming into her home for nine years.

Whitman showed a serious lack of compassion. If she treats one close so badly...with such coldness; how would she treat the rest of us?

You spend 140 million, but not a hundred grand (or so) to proactivley silence a huge potential problem?

It's shameful that an ILLEGAL immigrant who LIES about her status is able to affect our choice for governor. Shame on ignorant voters, shame on Gloria, shame on the LA Times for their "partisan" editorials on this matter, shame on Diaz, shame on Brown's part and constant negative advertising. This is such an obvious political ploy- it was "saved" three weeks before the election. When are California voters going to wake up as the rest of the country is?

I think that everyone should obey our laws... I can trace my ancestry back to the founding of this country. I was born in Nebraska, I served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. When I retired from active duty and starting looking for a job, I was required to provide 3 proof of identity. When did that law go away? I think Allred should be disbarred as a lawyer and banned from appearing on television.

The California voters will pick who ever they think is right for our governor, and we will all still suffer with amatuer politicians

Terribly. The worst error, which she seemed totally unconscious of, was her adamant assumption that her housekeeper was being manipulated and taken advantage of--that her words and tears were fake.


hard as nail ??? i felt let down by this new issues, as i was hopeing she would win the gov race. also, now that this illegal woman has told the world that she is here illegal. she should be deported ASAP. i can not believe how the us goverment allow these people to openly say they are WETBACKS an still stay here and suck on the taxpayers.

i really dont care about her spending........but i dont trust her at all

cant we have someone in office who is broke like the rest of us???

Nikki "La Llorona" Diaz Santillan.

I am not thrilled by either choice. The immature way she handled this problem does lead me to think she is not ready to handle the states larger problems.

I don't know what she would do for our problems. She has spent huge sums of money to try and get me mentally involved in name calling and snarky remarks.

Her way to solve problems is apparently to throw money around and blame others. I think thats our current problem so we don't need her to prolong it.

Who cares its about it the way this state is going to run and
brown is not a good choice I can see spend, spend,spend...

I thought Whitman treated her housekeeper calously. Then she was deceptive, evasive and got caught in lie. She's manipulative.

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