I know what you're thinking: "How would you even consider voting for someone who mistreated her Latina housekeeper? If you keep an open mind when you read this, and consider my humble opinion, you too might think about voting with your mind, and not your feelings.
First of all, I do not buy all these nonsense accusations of abuse coming from a woman who worked for Ms. Whitman for almost 10 years. I don't care how foolish you are, if you are being abused by your employer, you don't stick around. Also, how abusive can you be if you're paying your housekeeper $23 an hour? When was the last time you made $23 an hour to clean somebody's house? Or to do almost any other type of work for that matter?
Secondly, isn't it convenient that these accusations surfaced just a few weeks before the election? Why is it that Gloria Allread came to the defense of Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood back in 1993 when they were accused of hiring illegal aliens? Could it be because these women are Democrats?
I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Whitman at a private event sponsored by some very nice Latinos who had asked their guests to keep an open mind and hear what the candidate had to say. I was impressed by Ms. Whitman's sincerity and intelligence. But I was still on the fence about how I would vote.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no Jerry Brown supporter. But I was undecided as to whether or not vote for governor.
Speaking of Jerry Brown, did you know that he has been in politics for more than 40 years? Did you know he has run for office about 18 times? I don't know about you, but I am really ready to try the ideas and plans of someone with some real world experience. Someone who doesn't go into the taxpayer wallet every time they need money! I was very young when Jerry Brown was governor of California for two terms, but I still remember he always seemed to be on vacation, visiting his celebrity girlfriends here in LA. At the end of his second term, he ran for State Senate. With his performance fresh in the voters mind's, he lost that election; what does that say about his record? You would think that if Californians had been happy with him as governor, they would have sent him straight to Washington to represent us!
I am also disgusted by the treatment conservative women get. They are called "not woman" enough, "traitors" to women's causes, "witches", "dumb" and the latest, straight from Jerry Brown's aide "whore." Aren't you tired of this dirty politics? When career politicians cannot talk about the real issues, such as the high unemployment rates in California, not to mention the state is about ready to declare bankruptcy, they seem to have no other option but to go the personal attack route.
If you want some of the same, then Jerry is your guy. But if you're fed up with business as usual in Sacramento, don't believe all the lies and accusations about a woman who can really bring California to where it used to be: the envy of the rest of the country, if not the world, for its opportunities, prosperity and pride, then you might consider Meg!
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. is a regular contributor to LatinoLA, author of "My Yiddishe Grandma", voice over artist, and actress. She and husband Neal live in Valley Glenn with their 5 dogs, 4 cats, 4 birds, 2 frogs, 1 turtle, and 1 unicorn. Author's website Email the author