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Oppo research group attacks Whitman for eBay’s failure to hire Latino managers

Speaking of campaign attacks, here’s one from the anti-Meg Whitman oppo research group, California Accountability Project, which takes on Whitman for eBay’s hiring practices. Drafting off of a San Jose Mercury News story, the ad hits Whitman, the ex-CEO of eBay, for failing to hire a single Latino for a managerial position from 2000-2005 while hiring 366 other managers.

Nick Velasquez, of the Cal Accountability Project, said it undermines Whitman’s pledge to make Latinos a big part of her campaign. The Project earlier made some noise about Whitman’s campaign chairman, former Gov. Pete Wilson, who almost singlehandedly cemented hostile relations between Latinos and the Republican party with his Proposition 187 ballot measure campaign in 1994 to revoke welfare benefits from illegal immigrants.

Hector Barajas, a spokesman with the Whitman campaign responded:

“This ad and this Democratic attack group is a joke. It’s a complete and utter falsehood to say Meg didn’t hire Latino managers at eBay. Not only is our campaign being advised by a former eBay executive, he is a Latino who was hired at eBay by Meg Whitman in 2000. According to federal data between 2000 and 2005, there were 11 Latino managers and eBay added Latino managers during that period. The truth is Team Brown is peddling false advertising to disguise Jerry Brown’s record of failure on the economy, which is the top issue in California’s Latino community.”

Steven Harmon