Cesar Chavez’s grandniece stars in pro-Brown ad

The Service Employee International Union unleashed its second Spanish-language TV ad Tuesday aimed at bolstering Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown’s prospects in the Latino community.

And it’s got a particularly compelling star in the leading role: Dr. Christina Chavez, the grand niece of civil rights legend and founder of the United Farm Workers Cesar Chavez.

It’s part of the same $5 million TV ad campaign that began with a jab at Republican Meg Whitman for her treatment of her former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan. Whitman’s campaign said the first one proved Brown was in cahoots with labor and celebrity attorney Gloria Allred in revealing the Diaz Santillan story to the world.

The two ads are running simultaneously in the Fresno and Los Angeles markets.

Here is the English translation:

When Jerry Brown was governor, he fought alongside my uncle Cesar Chavez to garner fair wages for workers. And help open the doors for a generation of Latinos to gain access to education and be successful.

I know because I am one of them. Now Republican Meg Whitman wants to ban undocumented students from attending college, taking away their opportunity to succeed. That’s why we need to vote for Jerry Brown for Governor, to make sure everyone has a right to a good education and better future.

Steven Harmon

  • Elwood

    Wowee! Cesar Chavez’s grand niece! Well that settles it for me!

    What utter bullshit.

    I can’t believe that the Jesuits taught Jerry Brown to have no shame.

    Jerry Brown’s campaign is obviously run by sewer rats.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Survey after survey, Latino voters say their main concerns are jobs, schools, healthcare, i.e., the same issues that a majority of citizens care about. Democrats have been making soothing gestures, if not great strides, for years. Republicans make them nervous. (In Florida, it’s the other way round) If Latino voters should feel grateful to Brown for what he did in the 1970s, isn’t it high time we rehabilitate Dick Nixon?

  • Montana

    Griff Harsh, the husband of California gubernatorial candidate Nutneg Whitman, acknowledged in a statement on Thursday that “it is possible” he received and wrote notes on a letter from the Social Security Administration back in 2003, regarding the former housekeeper. The Whitman/ Harsh household then fired their housekeeper in June 2009 (after nine years of service), when Nutmeg handlers decided that she was an election liability.

    Meg, Meg, Meg, where do I start, you have reportedly spent $140 million of your own money to get elected Governor but you couldn’t use some of it to get your housekeeper (after nine years of service) some legal help to get her papers, and worse you lied about it. Wow, what a WITCH, of course I meant it with a “B”.



    But your comments on holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers real takes the cake, I assume you exempt yourself and your husband, or will you be turning yourself in.

    Meg on holding employers accountable:

    Meg you think you can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if you real cared and loved California then why not do your civic duty and vote, seems more rhetoric than anything else.

    In good times we might give you a try but not in our disaster mode that we find ourselves in after that so-called outsider Independent Republican, named Arnold Schwarzenegger (sold to us by radio personalities John and Ken), ruined our state, yah we will trust another one of you liars, think not. And another thing nine years this maid was in your house, in your house and you failed to learned this major thing about her, come on this sounds like a huge lie that no one can believe in.

    Ebay paid out $200,000 because Nutmeg assaulted an employee, so it’s not the first time she has mistreated an employee. Good luck winning Nutmeg, money will buy you admiration from the majority just from the Gay Old Party (GOP), but not from all of California.

  • John W

    Okay, I’m still very much undecided. Really! However, I can’t resist noting that this very astute, highly successful CEO made a really dumb business decision. For $140,000 (one tenth of one percent of what she has spent on the campaign thus far), Meg could have obtained excellent legal help for Ms. Diaz and turned this whole situation into lemonade. It also would have been the righteous thing to do. By not making that small investment (can you say, “penny wise and pound foolish”), she allowed the matter to blow up in her face and wiped out at least $70 million of the political payoff from her total campaign spending. Back to Harvard Business School for a refresher course on “strategery!” Other than the sheer stupidity involved, I don’t think Meg and Dr. Harsh did anything wrong, legally or otherwise.

  • Elwood


    At yet another press conference in the law offices of the notorious whore Allred Little Brown Coco said:

    “Meg Wheetman been very, very mean to me!”

    Hint: Think baseball.

  • KenF

    That’s our society. Politicians, judges, and other prominent officials wail against illegal immigration, then get caught employing them because they want cheap labor.

    Everyone wants cheap labor, but god forbid any illegal immigrants get hired ! I don’t buy the ‘we were duped’ defense.

    I think Whitman knew and/or just didn’t care until she began her campaign and figured out she had a problem that would hurt her. Whitman isn’t the first and won’t be the last to end up like this…

  • Benito

    The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. When most Americans (with Latin America roots) go to the polls this November we will remember that the GOP has gone on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation (that our US Courts continue to strike down) and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse. We will remember who stands with us and who stands against us, so trying to stop it now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you will not change our minds.

    Plus the more radical of the GOP are now attacking our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, in their crazy notion of wanting to take away rights that all of us take for granted in their misguided attempt to garner some much needed votes, they really are fools, and leading the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits. Your hate made you do it, in November; you will reap what you have sown. I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would say about todays GOP, he unlike the current GOP was a man of ideas.

  • SW Andersen

    Whitman is prototypical rich Republican politician material, all right. Besides dishonesty and hypocrisy, what, exactly, qualifies her to be governor?

    Oh, business experience! As if California state government is supposed to be a profit-making operation. As if a bean counter devoted to increasing sharholder value and perpetually pumping up the bottom line is the most important thing to the citizenry. Well, maybe the citizenry of Orange County. Elsewhere, people have kids who need educating, some of them kids with special needs, and not all those parents can begin to afford upscale private care facilities and such.

    Once upon a time I thought Jerry Brown was a bit too eccentric. I think he matured and I know I have. I’ve seen him speak a few times over the years and read a couple of pieces by him. I think he’s got good values and instincts and a lot to offer. I hope Californians are smart enough to choose him over Whitman. If she wants someplace to run, maybe she could buy an island somewhere and set up a Republican republic. Who knows, with any luck jugheads like Rick Perry, Mark Sanford and some others would emigrate to it.

  • Elwood

    “For $140,000 (one tenth of one percent of what she has spent on the campaign thus far), Meg could have obtained excellent legal help for Ms. Diaz and turned this whole situation into lemonade.”

    Not quite that simple, John W. Nice try, though.

    Had Meg done that she would have been accused of using her vast fortune for a cover up and away we go again!

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    A guy who claims he is descended from John C. Fremont is backing Meg Whitman.