Tag Archives: Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman: “No one’s going to care about Nicky Diaz”

During a recent interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on the conservative right-wing channel Fox News, Meg Whitman called for her former housekeeper to be deported:

VAN SUSTEREN: [...] let me get very personal, Nicky Diaz. I imagine you have mixed feelings about her. She’s in this country illegally and has signed that document falsely. Should she be deported?

WHITMAN: Well, the answer is it breaks my heart, but she should be deported because she forged documents and she lied about her immigration status. And it breaks my heart! Gloria Allred pulled off a political stunt. And you know what? On November 3rd, no one’s going to care about Nicky Diaz. But the law is the law and we live in the rule of law. It’s important.

Meg Whitman’s New Anti-Immigrant Radio Ad

Looks like the Meg Whitman campaign has gone back to its Pete Wilson playbook even though the whole scandal of Whitman having employed an undocumented immigrant is still fresh in the electorate’s mind.  The new ad now playing across AM stations in California (which tend to be primarily right-wing) is titled “The Sensible Plan” but should really be renamed as “The INsensible One”. 

Listen to the ad by clicking here.

The new radio spot basically twists a lot of the positions her opponent Jerry Brown has taken on dealing with the humanitarian crisis of people crossing the border to escape poverty and hunger … a large portion of whom end up in the state of California.

Meg Whitman Arguing for E-Verify

In her last debate with Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman again called for measures that in the end really just hurt people like guest worker programs and E-Verify systems that really don’t support comprehensive immigration reform.  Watch:

What Chris Matthews failed to mention is that a guest worker program and E-Verify are two measures that have been largely criticized as demeaning and discriminatory.  The National Immigration Law Center has documented examples of rampant cases of discrimination because of E-Verify:

Database errors incorrectly identify U.S. citizens as not authorized for employment.

Carly Fiorina & Meg Whitman Love Mexican Tequila

…but maybe not so much a path to legalization for Mexican undocumented workers, and for other Latinos, for that matter?  As featured on the Ed Schultz Show:

So what’s wrong with Fiorina and Whitman doing what most conservatives do: loving all things Mexican (food, beaches, drinks, music, etc.) but yet oppose a comprehensive reform that would give Mexican immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship, you ask?  Perhaps LatinoPoliticsBlog.com put it best:

Some politicians come across a bit more sincerely when engaging in mariachi or taco politics, and this has to do with how well they know the community and what kind of credibility they have with the gente.

Farm workers tell Meg, ‘I am Nicky” outside of her office

IMG 1014 300x225 Farm workers tell Meg, ‘I am Nicky” outside of her office

Latinos protest outside of Meg Whitman's campaign office. Photo by Jocelyn Sherman.

Farm workers tell Meg, ‘I am Nicky,” urging billionaire not to use them and then throw them away…

Seizing on Meg Whitman’s plan to import hundreds of thousands of additional field laborers as guest workers from outside the U.S., dozens of farm workers protested at her Los Angeles and Cupertino headquarters, telling the GOP candidate, “I am Nicky,” and not to use them and then throw them away.

Communist China & Saudi Arabia Behind Support of Politicians with Anti-Immigrant Views?

I first heard of this on the Thom Hartmann show (via Think Progress blog):

The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending …

Stunning: Lou Dobbs Supports Higher Wages for Undocumented Farm Workers?

If even anti-immigrant two-faced Lou Dobbs (who is now supporting the Tea Party) can show some degree of gratitude for the hard labor and essential work that undocumented farm workers do for our country’s economy and even advocate for higher wages for them, why can’t more conservative candidates for public office do the same?  Watch the stunning declaration by Mr. Dobbs at the end of a segment with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell as it relates to the recent testimony that was given by Stephen Colbert before U.S. Congress:  

Dear Meg Whitman: It’s Steve Poizner’s Fault

…NOT Jerry Brown’s.  The sticky situation that Meg Whitman currenlty finds herself in can be traced back to the primaries and the Steve Poizner effect.  In essence, Poizner poisoned the debate with anti-immigrant rhetoric back then, forcing her to “prove” that she was as “tough” as he positioned himself to be on immigrant economic refugees in order to win over the right wing base of the Republican Party.  It’s no surprise that the ads in Spanish have come out now in full force to bite her back for what she did during the primaries and it couldn’t have come sooner, being that Meg Whitman had actually been making gains with Latinos in the polls thanks to her effective in-Spanish ads and Jerry Brown’s lack-thereof.  In fact, she had been registering as of last July a 14 point gain on the Latino vote, just enough to secure a strong coalition that would guarantee her win come November.  She managed to make such rapid gains thanks to a very effective in-Spanish media strategy and on-the-ground meetups in predominantly Latino communities, going virtually unchallenged by the Brown campaign.  That has now changed; enter the Cambiando California group to the rescue:

Meg Whitman: Please Fire Pete Wilson

Why is Meg Whitman pal’ing around with xenophobe Pete Wilson?  In fact, why is he still her campaign chairman?  During the primaries, they both went out of their way on right-wing stations with a radio ad to express just how hard the Meg Whitman team would come down on undocumented immigrants should she be elected the next Governor of California.  For those that didn’t get to hear the radio ad in all its hateful glory, here it is:

Here’s the transcript of the radio ad translated into Spanish:

Meg Whitman: The Next Pete Wilson?

On the race for California’s next governor, Project Economic Refugee previously exposed Steve Poizner for all his poisonous rhetorical attacks on immigrants, economic refugees, and by extension on Latinos and other minorities. Meanwhile, Meg Whitman, his opponent in the Republican June 8 primary, has been particularly slick on the way her campaign has handled the issue.  She has proven that she certainly knows on which channels she should air her anti-immigrant messages and on which ones she should not: she has shown relative restraint on her T.V. ads but has let loose on the radio, unlike Steve Poizner who to his own political peril has gone all out with his blame-the-immigrants messages on T.V. where you unavoidely reach a more complex political spectrum.