Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Two new polls show Democrat Jerry Brown leading Republican Meg Whitman in a tight contest. The Rasmussen and SurveyUSA polls were the first taken since the news last week that Whitman had employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper for nine years. The Rasmussen poll of 750 likely voters that showed 49 percent favored Brown, while 44 percent favored Whitman. Two weeks ago, a poll showwed Brown at 47 percent, Whitman at 46 percent. SurveyUSA reported that 57 percent of Latino likely voters in its latest survey said they would vote for Brown if the election were held today, and 33 percent would vote for Whitman. A previous poll showed Brown at 49 percent with Latinos and Whitman with 38 percent.
The Nicky Diaz story continues to nag Whitman's campaign, taking her far off message. A former Whitman nanny has come forward and claimed that Whitman viewed domestic help as "disposable." Recall that Diaz claimed that Whitman treated her like "garbage." With regards to Dr. Griff Harsh's claim that he did not recall the Social Security "no match letter" that he wrote a note to Diaz on, the former nanny replied that "Harsh would not forget something like that . . . He had his thumb on everything."