September 30, 2010

If Allred Around the Edges, the Photo's Still Lethal

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Combine the shoving incident, the immigration double talk and now the question of why Whitman didn’t respond to red-flag letters from the Social Security Administration regarding Nikki’s employment and the Whitman campaign is twisting in the not-so-proverbial wind.

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Meg’s team can complain all they want about the the mega-promotional (see: all red) Allred; the timing; the media show (and I do love the Reuters shot for this); and the employment of

celebrity site TMZ to guarantee the imagery from yesterday’s press conference would be immediately vacuumed into the annals of scandal iconography, there is nothing they can do about the political toxicity of that face, those eyes and those tears, especially beyond the gated communities.

(caption: Nicky Diaz, former housekeeper for California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, listens as attorney Gloria Allred talks to reporters in Los Angeles Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.  Diaz alleges that Whitman was notified seven years ago that the worker might be in the country illegally, but did nothing about it.)

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