(CNN) - Jerry Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor in California, has responded to allegations that GOP nominee Meg Whitman subjected her former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan, to emotional and financial abuse.
"Once again, Meg Whitman has shown that she thinks the rules don't apply to her," Brown said in a statement. "From the start, Meg Whitman has failed to tell Californians the truth."
At a press conference today, Nicky Diaz said she was fired in 2009 for political reasons.
"Nicky Diaz has a compelling story, and it is our hope that she will be treated with respect and dignity as this story unfolds," Brown said.