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Controversies continue for Brown, Whitman

October 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Demonstrators demanded an apology Monday from Meg Whitman over the treatment of her former housekeeper. And Monday, Whitman demanded an apology from Jerry Brown. The California governor's race is heating up and it's getting personal. Neither candidates for California governor, Republican Meg Whitman nor Democrat Jerry Brown had any scheduled public appearances Monday, but that didn't stop the gubernatorial controversies from swirling on both sides.

The Brown camp is still defending itself after a leaked voicemail message recorded someone in Brown's circle calling Whitman a derogatory word. And Whitman's camp just can't seem to get away from the illegal housekeeper scandal.

Outside Whitman's Los Angeles campaign office, Latino housekeepers and members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) held signs in Spanish and English demanding Whitman apologize to her former housekeeper.

"To apologize to Nicky for the gross disrespect and disvalue of her hard years of service," said SEIU President Mike Garcia.

Nicky Diaz Santillan first alleged last month that Whitman mistreated her and shunned her when she asked the former eBay chief executive officer for help in pursuing legal residency in the United States.

Diaz, who's represented by Gloria Allred, also claims Whitman owes her back pay and money for mileage.

"We want to really expose who Meg Whitman really is, her character flaws and especially her true positions on issues that are dire to the Latino community," said Garcia.

Whitman's camp is demanding an apology from Brown. The campaign for governor has become nasty, even personal, in the final weeks leading up to election.

Fox News reported that the voice heard on a voicemail message calling Meg Whitman a "whore" for striking a deal with the police union of Los Angeles was that of Jerry Brown's wife, Anne Gust Brown.

Monday afternoon Brown's press secretary, Sterling Clifford, released a statement: "We apologized Thursday night as soon as we were made aware the recording existed. It was a sincere apology. I can't tell from the tape who it was and I don't think anyone else can either."

Whitman herself is staying away from the voicemail controversy. Outside her campaign office, her staff took aim at Brown and his supporters for Monday's rally.

"It is time the SEIU, it is time that Gloria Allred packed up their tent, got all their clowns and get them out of town because it's time that we start talking about the issues that Californians care most about," said Hector Barajas, a spokesman for Meg Whitman.

Whitman and Brown will face off in their third and final debate Tuesday night.

The debate is scheduled to be held at Dominican University in San Rafael in Northern California. Eyewitness News will be there to cover the event.


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