Thursday, July 22, 2010 – 11:27 am

It’s time for republican Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman to clearly articulate her positions on each element of the illegal immigration issue.

Her post-primary campaign strategy has created some bumps in the road with some of the republican base. A potential problem if it continues.

The cause. Spanish-language radio, television and billboard advertisements that shift from her originally stated positions on illegal immigration. The uproar has garnered Whitman daily relentless criticisms from KFI AM-640 weekday radio talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

Rightfully so. The perception of playing boths sides isn’t good here.

Whitman has been repeatedly invited to speak on the program at her convenience. She should accept.

It is understandable in a state with a heavily democratic and independent/decline to state registration as California, a conservative like Whitman has to tread carefully. Otherwise the risk of losing can rapidly build.

Yes, even losing to someone like Jerry Brown.

Kobylt and Chiampou don’t appear to be fans of rerun Brown coming back on the scene for another stint at running California further into the ground.

I can’t blame them.

If all the bantering is to drive home to Whitman that she needs to lock-in her positions once and for all. Then the dialogue is productive. If not. Then helping union-beholden Brown could be an unintended consequence.

The paramount issue to voters is the impending financial collapse of the state. Illegal immigration is a component of this problem. Whitman presents the best chance to shrink bloated government in California. Whitman’s use of her own personal resources to fund her campaign would leave her less beholden to anyone in her decision-making, if elected Governor.

Brown says he’ll sit down and talk with all the players. A futile tactic that has resulted in a worsening financial situation. Brown needs union dough and will do anything to keep their loyalty.

As a former union leader, I can say one thing for certain. Make no mistake, have no misconceptions. Brown will owe the unions big if he wins.

You can bank on it.

Deportation of illegals, or lack thereof, is a federal enforcement issue at this point.

Frankly, no one cares about amnesty with fines and tax penalty assessments. Many citizens can’t pay their taxes. What makes anyone believe illegals can pay?

Spanish-speaking voting citizens understand and respect candid answers to these lingering problems. After all, they legally pursued the path to citizenship and believe it’s the right thing to do.

It’s time for Whitman to firmly articulate her positions in the areas of; 1.) Border enforcement; 2.) Access to social services; 3.) Access to public education; 4.) Legalization.

Warm and fuzzy answers won’t do the trick any longer.