The Costs and Consequences of the Brown-Allred Gambit
If you are an illegal immigrant in the country, working as a domestic or hoping to do so, are you better of today than you were last Sunday?
Or has the tawdriness of Gloria Allred’s desperate attempt to help Jerry Brown endangered far more people than Meg Whitman’s former housekeeper? Already my in-box is filling up with demands that the Bar investigate Allred’s shameless exploitation of a client that may have exposed the client to deportation or criminal charges, but the impact of Allred’s stunt will be far greater than whatever happens to Nikki Diaz Santillan.
Allred’s inability to answer basic questions of the law on my show, on my pal Mark Levin’s show, or on Greta’s underscores how patently ridiculous her charges were from the get-go, but much of the public sees only a lawyer suing a former employer of a domestic who was in the country illegally. Many of those employers begin to ask whether they ought to drop the whole idea of paying an individual and just pay a service. After the Allred-Brown Effect settles in, watch for fewer and fewer opportunities even for legit Green Card holders as employers recognize that the state is full of Gloria Allreds waiting to bring a ridiculous charge. Compliance with the law is no longer a defense that deters people like Allred.
As for the campaign, Whitman rightfully hit Brown hard in yesterday’s debate, saying “Jerry, you should be ashamed,” and adding. “You and your surrogates put her deportation at risk. You put her out there. You should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions.”
This debate was televised on Spanish-language stations, and many in the audience will instantly understand what Whitman is saying. Many more will understand that Team Brown has no appeal to make based upon jobs or education, only “scandal,” and that isn’t going to fly.
California is a basket case right now, and the downward spiral will continue and accelerate unless serious people get control in Sacramento –not actors, not liberal warhorses, not puppets of the teachers’ unions. In a wholly unintended way, Team Brown miscalculated the fallout from the Allred launch, which has served to underscore just how clueless and even indifferent the Sacramento political class and the state chapter of the MSM are to the reality of the state’s economic situation.
There will almost certainly be more desperate attempts to keep the spotlight off of the state of California’s economy and schools and the choice that Whitman-Brown offers. All of those attempts will come from the left. And the voters know what that means: Democrats don’t want to talk about the stuff that matters most.