Groups upset by Meg Whitman's unfolding controversy over her employment of an undocumented Mexican housekeeper have wasted little time taking their displeasure to the airwaves.
Just a day after Nicky Diaz Santillan made her claims public, SEIU released the ad below in Spanish attacking the California Republican gubernatorial candidate for supposed hypocrisy in her aggressive stance on the employment of illegal immigrants considering the allegations that she knowingly hired one herself.
Here's the translation from MSNBC:
Meg Whitman says she's a different kind of Republican...But Pete Wilson is in charge of her campaign. Whitman attacks undocumented workers to win votes, but an undocumented woman worked in her home for nine years. She says she'll create jobs - but wants to eliminate forty-thousand state jobs, including teachers and nurses. Whitman says one thing in Spanish --- and something different in English. The real Meg Whitman has no shame. She's a two-faced woman
The Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or ALIPAC, a strict immigration enforcement group known to take a hard line against Republicans -- this is the same group that publicly called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to admit that he is homosexual -- has now issued a harsh rebuke of Whitman.
Here's what the group's president told Talking Points Memo:
"It's pretty clear from all parties involved that Whitman did intentionally or unintentionally hire an illegal immigrant for nine years, which is a violation of federal law," William Gheen, president and spokesman of ALIPAC told TPMMuckraker in an interview Thursday.
"To allow Whitman to avoid a trial on this matter would be the same as allowing O.J. Simpson to avoid trial because he said he didn't do it before he was arrested," Gheen said.
Some of the fire was deflected to Whitman's husband on Friday, when Gloria Allred, Diaz's attorney, produced a letter from the Social Security Administration containing his signature. It supposedly serves as evidence that he was aware of Diaz's immigration status as early as 2003.