In an unusual move, the campaign of Reublican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman dispatched to reporters today a summary of its nightly tracking polls from Sunday and Monday, purporting to show Whitman trailing Democrat Jerry Brown, but only by 2 points.
The action was a clear response to two blogs, at Huffington Post and Calbuzz out today that cited private polls showing that Brown had opened up a lead in the high single digits in the wake of last week's revelation of the undocumented housekeeper Whitman employed, then fired after learning of her immigration status.
The poll also apparently asked respondents' opinions of celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Whitman's former housekeeper. The Whitman campaign memo says Allred's unfavorable rating was 68 percent, but did not mention how Allred was described by the pollsters. One suspects that merely the use of the word "attorney" would produce an unfavorable rating of at least 50 percent.