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VIDEO: "Maid" who "took care of" Ann Romney and her brothers confirms Ann “never worked a day in her life.”

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A caller to the Stephanie Miller Show. claimed to be the maid for Ann Romney's wealthy family who "took care of" Ann and her brothers, and who "cleaned for them and cooked for them."  She confirms that Mrs. Romney "was a child of privilege" who was "very nice" (as was Mitt) and "never worked a day in her life."

As if that needed confirming.

So will everyone be attacking Juanita now, as they did Hillary Rosen?

A longer version of the video can be found at BuzzFeed.

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"If that's true, then what a horrible person Meg Whitman is"

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L.A. Times columnist Hector Tobar interviewed several lifelong professional women, not unlike eMeg Whitman. They all live in an area in and around upscale Brentwood, California, and they are all moms who have employed Spanish-speaking immigrants to work in their upscale Brentwood area homes.

These very same professionals-slash-moms-slash-employers of Spanish-speaking immigrants suspect that their not-so-honest counterpart, eMeg, is being not so honest when she claims she didn't know that her former housekeeper was undocumented.

They go on to say that if she did know, they think even less of her:

"If that's true, then what a horrible person Meg Whitman is," a 49-year-old mother of two told me as she headed to one of the Country Mart's boutiques. "How could she have this woman in her home, looking after her kids, and not have a relationship with her? You'd have to be a pretty superficial person not to know that she was illegal." [...]

The moms said they didn't understand how Whitman could consider someone a part of her extended family and then send her packing when she asked for help. [...]

We live in a country rich in hypocrisy. Here a billionaire running for governor can vow to hold employers accountable for following the law but deny accountability in her own home. And she can ask us to trust her while absolving her of any moral responsibility to try to help a woman who for so long helped her.

It's a good column, so please give it a read.

And just for good measure, here are today's L.A. Times letters to the editor on the same topic:

According to Whitman, when her housekeeper tearfully confessed that she was here illegally and begged for help to correct her status, she was immediately fired without warning or severance pay, and Whitman says she has not spoken to her in the last 15 months.

This is the treatment received by the person who Whitman says was "like a member of our family," someone who was a trusted employee for nine years, who helped care for Whitman's children?

I wouldn't treat a stranger with such cold-hearted disinterest. I fear what Whitman has in mind for the rest of us if she wins this election.

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If, as Whitman says, firing her housekeeper of nine years was the most difficult decision she ever made, then what was she doing all those years as chief executive of EBay?

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All partisan and policy considerations aside, the Nicandra Diaz Santillan brouhaha calls into question Whitman's suitability for public office.

A smart politician would have identified the discovery of Diaz Santillan's immigration status as an opportunity to transform a negative situation into a positive one.

Whitman could have said something like "OK, this is an unfortunate situation, but let me help you to correct your mistakes and obtain legal immigrant status."

Surely Whitman had the resources to help, and afterward Whitman could have come forth with a candid disclosure that might have gained wide approval in the Latino community.

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Our housekeeper has been with us for 24 years, starting with five years as our daughter's nanny.

We helped her achieve legal status, and she has become a U.S. citizen. We helped with her daughter's college expenses (she now has a master's degree in social work).

She has never missed a day of work without giving us advance notice, and we always pay her for those days. She and her family are in our will.

This is what "like a member of the family" means to us. We wonder what it means to Whitman.

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Lou Dobbs, who hired at least 5 undocumented immigrants, disses Meg Whitman

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Tweet via Think Progress

See that tweet about eMeg's little situation? Now go read the Nation piece called, "Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite". You'll be so glad you did.

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Second Meg Whitman nanny "had to threaten to take her to the IRS"

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eMeg, eMeg, eMeg, what are we gonna do with you?

Oh I know! Elect Jerry Brown!

Enter Nanny #2, Jill Armstrong, stage... left:

"I totally believe" Diaz, Armstrong, 59, of Mountain View, said in an interview with The Chronicle. "I know the family. I know what it was like."
Totally.
Oh, and in case anyone is rolling their eyes, Nanny Jill can prove she worked for  eMeg and Griff Harsh during the summer of '98.  She's got the W-2 form.

Nanny Jill said she quit her job after a couple of months because it was demanding and difficult.

eMeg? Difficult? Surely Nanny Jill jests. (Say that three times really fast, I dare you.)

"I had enough," she said in an interview, describing trouble getting paid what she believed she was owed, and challenges in dealing with household chores and in supervising Whitman's two young sons. [...]

Armstrong said she came forward because she believed Whitman viewed domestic help as "disposable."
Why, what a coinkydink! I believe Whitman views her income the same way.

Nanny Jill called eMeg "cheap".

She also seemed surprised to hear eMeg say that Husband Harsh had trouble remembering that he got a letter from the Social Security Administration.

"Harsh would not forget something like that," Armstrong said. "He had his thumb on everything."

He must have had some big thumb.

After a couple of months, Nanny Jill told eMeg she was pulling a Palin and quitting, that she couldn't "handle it anymore."

But her biggest gripe was after she left, months after, when she realized she hadn't received a tax form from eMeg. She let her know she needed a W-2.

So of course eMeg, being the efficient businesswoman she is, got right on it.

::crickets::

Or not.

So Nanny Jill "had to threaten to take her to the IRS". But eMeg's accountant said he needed "the numbers" and "the hours".

"That's Meg's responsibility," Armstrong said she replied. "Isn't she supposed to have all that written down?"

Gee, if eMeg can't keep track of her own domestic paperwork, how in the world will she be able to handle being governor of a state the size of California?

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Donations to Whitman undercut her no-special-interests claim

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Once again, eMeg is shown to be a big ol' corporate hypocrite:

Donors with business before the state and corporate leaders poured millions of dollars into Meg Whitman's campaign in the last three months, potentially undercutting her claim that her personal fortune makes her uniquely free of special-interest entanglements, campaign disclosure reports filed Tuesday show.

Whitman, the billionaire former chief executive of online auction house EBay, raised more money from outside donors than her Democratic rival, Jerry Brown, whom she has criticized heavily for his dependence on support from the state's public employee unions. Whitman pulled in more than $10.7 million from individuals, businesses and other groups to Brown's $9.5 million. [...]

Donors giving the maximum allowable $25,900 donation to Whitman while lobbying state government include Philip Morris, AT&T, the Western States Growers and Golden State Water Co.

I guess a record $140 million of her own money just hasn't cut it. Brown is still ahead.

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VIDEO- Ex-housekeeper fires back at Meg Whitman: "Housekeepers are human beings, too."

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eMeg gets an earful:

Meg Whitman was wrong when she said somebody put a gun to my head. Nobody did. I spoke out because I want people to know who Meg Whitman really is and I am glad that I did. I want to be heard,” said Nicandra Diaz Santillan, Whitman’s former housekeeper, speaking at a news  conference in the office of her attorney Gloria Allred. [...]

“I knew the risk of speaking out and I was afraid for my family. Despite my fear, I decided to come out from the shadows, the shadows in which millions of people live every day,” she said. “It's not fair that we work hard and then get thrown away like garbage. We have families to support like you do. We are here. We need you just like you need us. Meg Whitman, don't say I was part of your family because you never treated me like I was."

I'm sure Megalomaniac McGotrocks will come up with yet another gyration to deal with this one.

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"Should it depend on how well [undocumented workers] know Whitman personally?"

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eMeg Harsh has a problem. And what is ironic about her problem is that an undocumented immigrant, her own housekeeper, may prove to be her undoing. One can only hope.

In the L.A. Times today, there is a good editorial that points out that this is less about whether or not she employed Diaz Santillan for nine years, and more about her subsequent gyrations.

The conclusion? She's a hypocrite:

To court the Latino vote, she trumpets her opposition to Proposition 187, a 1994 law that would have prohibited illegal immigrants from accessing most public services, but when called on to take a moral stand on it 16 years ago, she didn't vote. She supports the now infamous SB 1070 in Arizona — but only for Arizona.

This is political expediency, not leadership. If Diaz Santillan deserves to stay in the country, does that mean other illegal immigrants do too? Should it depend on how well they know Whitman personally? That the one illegal immigrant Whitman cares about is worthy of exceptional treatment, but the millions of others who are beloved by their extended and actual families are not, not only illustrates her disturbing tendency to avoid tough policy stands, but makes her a bit of a hypocrite.

A bit?

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