Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jerry flop

Last night's third and final California gubernatorial debate
between Meg Whitman (R) and Jerry Brown (D) had its highs and lows -- for both candidates.

The 800-lb. gorilla that everyone knew would be in the room did rear its head: Brown's campaign calling Whitman a "whore." (See last week's Bliss Index post...) Veteran television journalist Tom Brokaw, the debate's moderator, put the question to Brown about the slur.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Whitman answered a related question on the matter during a post-debate news conference. "Meg Whitman said she was 'stunned' by Jerry Brown's nonchalance when asked about someone close to Brown being caught on tape using the word 'whore.' 'The first thing I need to say is I was stunned by Gov. Brown's insensitivity to what that word means to women,' she said. 'Boy, all Californians, and especially women, know exactly what's going on here. When you use that term about women, that's highly insensitive.' Whitman's comments came in a brief question-and-answer session with reporters after the debate."

Below is a clip featuring that segment of the debate. Watch and decide...

This was not Brown's finest hour...


Montana said...

Griff Harsh, the husband of California gubernatorial candidate Nutmeg Whitman, acknowledged in a statement on Thursday that “it is possible” he received and wrote notes on a letter from the Social Security Administration back in 2003, regarding the former Housekeeper/Maid. The Harsh/ Whitman household then fired their housekeeper in June 2009 (after nine years of service), when Nutmeg handlers decided that she was an election liability.

And now the Jill Armstrong, a former full-time nanny of the Harsh/ Whitman dungeon, came to the defense of the Housekeeper/Maid and told the San Francisco Chronicle that she believes Diaz’s claim because she “know[s] the family” and “what it was like.”

Meg, Meg, Meg, where do I start, you have reportedly spent $140 million of your own money to get elected Governor but you couldn’t use some of it to get your housekeeper (after nine years of service) some legal help to get her papers, and worse you lied about it. Wow, what a WITCH, of course I meant it with a “B”.

But your comments on holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers real takes the cake, I assume you exempt yourself and your husband, or will you be turning yourself in.

Meg on holding employers accountable:

Meg you think you can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if you real cared and loved California then why not do your civic duty and vote, seems more rhetoric than anything else.

In good times we might give you a try but not in our disaster mode that we find ourselves in after that so-called outsider Independent Republican, named Arnold Schwarzenegger (sold to us by radio personalities John and Ken), ruined our state, yah we will trust another one of you liars, think not. And another thing nine years this maid was in your house, in your house and you failed to learned this major thing about her, come on this sounds like a huge lie that no one can believe in.

Ebay paid out $200,000 because Nutmeg assaulted an employee, so it’s not the first time she has mistreated an employee. Good luck winning Nutmeg, money will buy you admiration from the majority just from the Gay Old Party (GOP), but not from all of California.

Jeff Bliss said...

Thanks for your note, Montana. I always appreciate feedback, new information, clarifications, etc.
That said, re: Whitman's "NannyGate" problem - from the San Francisco Chronicle (which endorsed Brown and has been openly hostile to Whitman):

Headline - "Whitman within law, immigration lawyers say"

by Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Friday, October 1, 2010

"Whether or not Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying her former housekeeper's false documents did not match its records, Whitman did not act unlawfully by keeping the housekeeper employed, immigration lawyers said Thursday. In fact, had she gone ahead and fired Nicandra Diaz Santillan based on such a letter, she would have exposed herself to potential anti-discrimination violations, lawyers said.”

more here:

And regarding Whitman firing someone she says she cared about and trusted...why aren't you upset about the fact that the housekeeper repeatedly lied to someone she said she cared about? (Would that engender more/less trust in an employee?) Why no anger about forging official documents? Why no anger over someone committing fraud? How might you feel if the fake Social Security number was yours and it resulted in you losing a job, being denied aid, etc.?

Benito said...

The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. When most Americans (with Latin America roots) go to the polls this November we will remember that the GOP has gone on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation (that our US Courts continue to strike down) and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse. We will remember who stands with us and who stands against us, so trying to stop it now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you will not change our minds.

Plus the more radical of the GOP are now attacking our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, in their crazy notion of wanting to take away rights that all of us take for granted in their misguided attempt to garner some much needed votes, they really are fools, and leading the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits. Your hate made you do it, in November; you will reap what you have sown. I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would say about todays GOP, he unlike the current GOP was a man of ideas.

Jeff Bliss said...

Thanks for your feedback.
For whatever it's worth, I'm not a Republican...never have been. I'm proudly non-affiliated (independent) and plan to stay that way. No one has my vote - they have to earn it.
I think your views are interesting, but I'd ask you to consider a few things...
-- Does the rule of law mean anything and, if so, does it apply to everyone?
-- Which rights are Republicans trying to take away?
-- I appreciate your referencing Abe Lincoln, but what is your take on Cesar Chavez's long-time efforts to quell illegal immigration/the hiring of undocumented workers?
-- I know illegal immigration is always a sore spot/favorite target with some, but until Jerry Brown's surrogate - Gloria Allred - exploited Whitman's housekeeper, where was illegal immigration as a campaign topic? I'm not needling you here...just curious.
Thanks again!