I've tried to get an explanation. Though given ample opportunity, Team Meg won't deny a physical element to the incident or do the other requisite things a campaign does to kill a bad story....
As a Republican, I want to know why Whitman did not disclose this story during the primary.
Did she tell campaign staff? I can't get an on-the-record answer, although the New York Times reported that Whitman's senior campaign adviser and eBay alum Henry Gomez was in the loop.
Maybe, as a political neophyte, Whitman does not understand that the people who support her have a right to know if she recently agreed to a legal settlement that could hurt GOP chances in November. In any event, she left GOP primary voters out of the loop.
"We knew about it a long time ago," [Brown spokesman Sterling] Clifford told me. "It's a well known incident in the business community in Silicon Valley." (He also denied that the Brown campaign had anything to do with the New York Times story.)
Face it: This story was bound to get out.