Brown Apologizes To Whitman For Aide’s Slur

SAN RAFAEL (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown apologized Tuesday to Republican opponent Meg Whitman for one of his campaign aides referring to her as a “whore” on an audio tape that surfaced last week.

The candidates’ third and final debate was the first time California’s attorney general addressed the controversy, although his campaign had released a statement apologizing promptly for the remark last week.

Brown responded to a question about the audio tape from moderator Tom Brokaw, who said women consider the term just as degrading as blacks consider a certain highly offensive racial slur.

Brown said he disagreed with Brokaw’s comparison. He then went on to describe the recording as a “five-week-old, private conversation” before apologizing directly to Whitman.

“It’s unfortunate, I’m sorry it happened, and I apologize,” he said.

Whitman said the term was not befitting of a gubernatorial campaign.

“It’s not just me. It’s (the) people of California who deserve better than slurs and personal attacks,” she said. “I think every Californian and especially women know exactly what’s going on here.”

That drew a sharp response from Brown, who noted Whitman’s campaign manager, Pete Wilson, also used the term when he was governor, lashing out against Congress and what he saw as its protection of public employee unions. Brown then asked if Whitman
had chastised Wilson for using the word.

“You know better than that, Jerry. That’s a completely different thing,” she said.

“It’s not,” Brown shot back.

The issue surfaced last week when an official at the Los Angeles Police Protective League released the recording to the Los Angeles Times. It captured a conversation between Brown and his aides last September after he had finished leaving a voice message with the
union official over the union’s support for Whitman.

Brown apparently thought he had hung up but had not.

Whitman has promoted 401(k)-style pensions for government employees but has excepted those in public safety roles. Brown can be overhead on the tape saying Whitman was promoting a two-tiered public pension system to win the Los Angeles police union’s
endorsement.

As he and others discuss whether to run an ad on the subject, an aide who appears to be a woman says, “What about saying she’s a whore?” The word then appears to be repeated later on the tape.

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  1. Debbie says:

    As a female I was not offended by the word. The term was meant to be that Whitman was selling something (a backroom deal with LAPD) for something and that’s votes and backing from LAPD. When Brown brought up Wilson using the same word for Congress Whitman said it was different. It was not different. The aide should not have used the word and no women in California were not offended. Whitman wants 401K style pensions for government employees but not LAPD. Anyone with a 401K knows exactly how viable that is when they watched in late Oct of 2008 and the Dow tanked. No thank you Ms Whitman and no thank you LAPD.

  2. BETTY BOOP says:

    Here we go again…….The gossipp mongers at it again…..

    DO YOU NOT GET IT!!! WE DON’T CARE……..FOCUS ON THE ISSUE AND MEG SHOULD REVEAL HER PLANS AND DISCLOSE WHAT THOSE ARE ON ALL ISSUES ….YOU ARE RUNNING LOW ON FUNDS FROM SPENDING SO MUCH TIME, MONEY, AND EFFORT WITH THE SAME TACTICS REPUBLICANS ARE GOOD AT DOING…….LIES, LIES, LIES!

  3. T says:

    If it’s Brown, flush it!!!

  4. rick says:

    here is an idea run for office tell us what you can do for us show us how you mean to do that and STOP THE CRAZY ATTACKS ON THE OTHER PERSON browns aid was wrong plain and simple if brown did not tell the aid so then he is wrong but how about a clean honest campaign??? who would vote out there for a person who had good ideas and did not talk crud about the other person running?? show of hands lol

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