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How much will illegal immigrant allegations hurt Meg Whitman?

September 29, 2010 |  1:06 pm

Allegations that Meg Whitman knowingly employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper once again bring the issue of immigration to the center of a California political race.

TalkBackLAWhitman is not the only politician to be hit with the issue. Michael Huffington, the Republican candidate in the 1994 race for U.S. Senate in California, was defeated by Dianne Feinstein after the revelation that his then-wife Arianna Huffington had hired an illegal immigrant nanny.

Gov. Pete Wilson, who backed the anti-illegal immigration ballot measure, Proposition 187,  in the late 1970s employed a Mexican woman who was believed to be undocumented while he served as mayor of  San Diego.

It remains unclear what the political toll will be. As PolitiCal, The Times' California politics blog notes, Whitman says she fired the housekeeper when she learned she was not in the U.S. legally.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

-- Andrew Blankstein