California governor’s race took on a circus-like atmosphere Wednesday as a former housekeeper for Meg Whitman alleged the Republican gubernatorial nominee employed her for nearly nine years, even though Whitman  knew the housekeeper was in the country illegally. Flanked by attorney Gloria Allred, former Whitman employee Nicandra Diaz made the accusations at a tearful Los Angeles press conference Wednesday. Diaz said she asked Whitman for help with her immigration status in 2009 and Whitman refused. “I felt like she was throwing me away like a piece of garbage,” Diaz said. Whitman responded to the charges in a statement Wednesday, producing documents that Diaz filled out in 2000 claiming she was in the country legally. Allred says that Whitman was notified that the documents were phony back in 2002, when the Social Security Administration notified Whitman that the number provided by Diaz was a fake. So, what’s the truth? And more importantly, does any of this matter? Only the shadow knows. But in this volatile political environment, and with polls showing the race to be a dead heat, every little blip matters.

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