Maldonado campaign not shaken by Whitman housekeeper flap

Meg Whitman has been taking some hits, especially from Hispanic voters, over the news that she hired an illegal immigrant to work as her housekeeper for nine years. But fellow Republican Abel Maldonado, who is running for lieutenant governor, brushed off any concerns that this negative attack on Whitman might trickle down to his campaign, which has been successfully courting Hispanic voters.

“I do not know what it has done to Meg’s campaign, but I do not think it has affected my campaign,” Maldonado said Wednesday morning from the steps of San Francisco City Hall where he was campaigning. “In essence it is a family dispute and I would hope they would resolve it together.”

But political analysts can’t help but point out that no matter how much Spanish he knows (he is fluent) Maldonado’s still “tied to Meg’s hip.”

“If Latino voters turn away from Whitman would they automatically vote Democrat?” said Bill Whalen, research fellow with the Hoover Institute. “This puts him in a very difficult situation — should he be in the Hispanic press backing her up or does he choose to stay out of the controversy.”

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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