As can be expected, Whitman denied knowing her housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan, was an undocumented worker, but the lawyer for her maid, Gloria Allred, announced that she has proof Whitman knew.
Lawyer Gloria Allred told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" that she would produce a letter sent by the Social Security Administration to the Whitman household in 2003 informing the family that the Social Security number of their housekeeper and nanny, Nicky Diaz, did not match the name on file.It wasn't just Whitman's denial that I found interesting - it was also her attack on her former maid's lawyer.
Allred said the letter should have been "a tip-off" to Whitman and her husband that they were employing an undocumented immigrant.
Whitman, however, told Stephanopoulos that she never received the letter and offered an "absolute unequivocal denial" of the allegations. Whitman has schedule a news conference today at 1:30 p.m. ET.
"I think someone got to her," Whitman said of Diaz on Wednesday. "She's being manipulated. I don't know the back-story here. I feel terribly for Nicky. I think she's in some real trouble here, and I am very sorry for her."Apparently Whitman believes she is being targeted by her opponent, who is only using her undocumented worker as a pawn to assassinate her character.
Whitman also suggested that her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, and Allred were working together.
"Gloria Allred has been associated with Jerry Brown since the early 80's, she's contributed to his campaign, she's a well known Democrat and Gloria does this just about every election cycle. And so I wouldn't be surprised if there was a fair amount of coordination here," Whitman said.
I wonder what Diaz has to gain by making it known to everyone that she is here in the country illegally...