By now, we’ve all heard about GOP’s gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman of California, and her hiring of an illegal immigrant named Nicky Diaz. Meg’s story dominated the headlines for days, because she first denied Mrs. Diaz recollection of the facts. Then after Nicky Diaz supplied proof of her illegal employment, Meg Whitman was left back-tracking her statements and trying to do damage control.
Now, another GOP gubernatorial candidate is following in Meg’s footsteps. Brian Sandoval, running for the Governor’s Mansion in Nevada, is also denying all claims made by Anna Padilla, a Nevada woman who illegally emigrated from Guatemala in 1986. Mrs. Padilla has reluctantly come forward and is accusing the Sandovals of hiring her without checking her immigration status.
Ana Padilla, now a US citizen, claimed she last worked for Sandoval in 1997, and was happy to see him in a debate running for the governor’s office. She then learned of his stance on immigration and decided to come forward with the accusations, saying;
“In the time I worked with him, he supported me, now he says he does not support Latinos that are already here?”
“If he (will) not support the illegals, why is he hiring me at that time?”
In a statement released by the Sandoval campaign, the Meg Whitman syndrome was evident. The statement read;
“Brian and Kathleen do not know this person. Obviously, this is another desperate and dishonest attack by Rory Reid’s failing campaign. It is further proof that Rory will say anything to get elected.”
Channel 2 News, who did the reporting, stated that they “did not learn of this story from the Reid campaign. We actually heard about Ana telling her story on a local Latino radio station and we contacted both campaigns about that time.”
Brian Sandoval also shares Meg Whitman’s stance on hiring illegal immigrants. They both support fines and or imprisonment of the employers. Mr. Sandoval also opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already here.