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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 05:58 PM
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Whitman's husband says 'it is possible' handwriting on letter is his
Edited on Thu Sep-30-10 06:37 PM by cal04
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/201...

Dr. Griff Harsh, Meg Whitmans husband, just released a statement saying that it may be his signature on a 2003 letter that raised the possibility that their housekeeper was undocumented.

The statement came hours after Whitman held a news conference at which she insisted neither she nor her husband had seen the letter from the Social Security Administration, and suggested that the housekeeper had intercepted it.

The statement in its entirety:

While I honestly do not recall receiving this letter, as it was sent to me seven years ago, I can say it is possible that I would've scratched a follow up note on a letter like this, which is a request for information to make certain Nicky received her Social Security benefits and W-2 tax refund for withheld wages. Since we believed her to be legal, I would have had no reason to suspect that she would not have filled it in and done what was needed to secure her benefits.

(more at link)
Updated : An earlier version of this item said the letter contained a signature that might be Harsh's. The letter has handwriting on it, but not a signature
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:00 PM
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1. He had some Harsh parents.
Although I wish they had named him Gruff.
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:28 PM
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12. middle name - Caustic
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:01 PM
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2. Griff Harsh?
Is that surfing lingo?

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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:26 PM
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10. Have some respect!
Griffith Rutherford Harsh the IV, thank you veddy much. OMG THEY ARE THURSTON AND LOVEY HOWELL!

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:30 PM
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13. Really?
:rofl:

Yeah SHE can just sooooo connect with the average Joe :sarcasm:
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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 07:50 PM
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21. Yes and her bar-crawlin' college son who hit some girl cuz
she said "fuck you and fuck your fraternity" in a bar in Palo Alto, LOL, he is GRIFFITH RUTHERFORD THE FIFTH! :rofl:
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:01 PM
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3. The spin doctors are working overtime
Oh to be a fly on the wall
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:02 PM
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4. Griff Harsh? What the fuck kind of name is that? Sounds like a Raymond Chandler character.
Edited on Thu Sep-30-10 06:23 PM by arbusto_baboso
No wonder he grew up to be a complete and total douchebag.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:02 PM
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5. It's possible that we never followed up on it.
It's possible that we trusted Nicky so much that we ignored all of the subsequent SSA letters.

It's possible that pigs fly.
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:03 PM
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6. And it's possible I could be killed by little green men in the next 5 minutes.
Not bloody likely, but possible.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 07:08 PM
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19. And then they fired her so Meg could run for office, which shows that they
knew she was illegal and continued to be illegal.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:03 PM
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7. Drowning person grasping at straws
"While I honestly do not recall receiving this letter, as it was sent to me seven years ago, I can say it is possible that I would've scratched a follow up note on a letter like this ....."

:rofl:
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:05 PM
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8. Odd that Mr. Harsh should mention a W-2
I was just thinking that as complying, law-abiding employers, he and Meg would surely have a complete employee file on their housekeeper, including all the W-2s they issued to her. By the way, Mr. Harsh, as a working person who files his own taxes, I should tell you that working stiffs don't refer to it as a "W-2 tax refund."
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Change Happens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:06 PM
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9. I hope she spends another $120 million and still LOSE, CA's economy needs a boost...
Way to go Meg!
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:27 PM
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11. The letter was sent to you, Dr. Harsh
You were responsible for ensuring it was filled out and returned. You have opened a can of worms with this response. This situation was evidently not resolved and begs the questions:

What about your subsequent W-2 filings for Ms. Diaz? Did you continue to pay her employment taxes for the following six years using a false SS number? Why would you do that? Are you claiming that the IRS simply stopped asking for clarification in 2003?
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j420norcal Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:42 PM
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15. Off Topic: What the hell are e-cigarettes anyways?
Edited on Thu Sep-30-10 06:43 PM by j420norcal
And don't tell me "Google is your friend", It's not. We've been at odds for a couple of years now.

Besides, I'd rather up my post count.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:57 PM
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16. I'd rather not hijack this thread with OT
e-cigarettes = electronic cigarettes

If you are sincerely interested, then you can PM me. :)
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:39 PM
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14. Actually, I'm quite surprised she's married.
or maybe more appropriately, surprised anyone would have her.
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Joanie Baloney Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 06:58 PM
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17. It was a business decision
Edited on Thu Sep-30-10 07:06 PM by Joanie Baloney
They decided to merge their asses...err, um...assets. Yeah, that's it.

:)

-JB


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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 07:07 PM
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18. Hey, Gloria...take the document to Howard Rile, Jr.
Who is Howard Rile, Jr.? The best document examiner I know!

IMO, Whitman's hubbie is lying.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 07:12 PM
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20. The plot thickens and... I can almost smell a divorce
after the November election. THIS will sink the campaign and she will blame HIM.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 07:50 PM
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22. Hey, let's hook up Meg to that machine and ask her if Griff is telling the truth
That question just might conflict a habitual lair.
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