Thursday, October 7, 2010

Caught on tape: Jerry Brown agrees with calling Meg Whitman a "whore"

Jerry Brown and an unnamed aide are heard calling Meg Whitman a "whore" on a taped answering machine message.

In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine, an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a “whore” for cutting a deal protecting law enforcement pensions as the two candidates competed for police endorsements.

The comment came after Brown called the Los Angeles Police Protective League in early September to ask for its endorsement. He left a voicemail message for Scott Rate, a union official. Brown apparently believed he had hung up the phone, but the connection remained intact and the voice mail machine captured an ensuing conversation between Brown and his aides.

Via Big Journalism, here is the audio:

Dan Riehl thinks this looks far worse than Joe Miller in Alaska saying something about the world's oldest profession in reference to Lisa Murkowski.

The Whitman campaign better have an ad up and running tomorrow.  The media will let "Whore Gate" die as soon as Jerry says he apologized for the remark... it's up to Whitman to hit back.


Anonymous said...

So Brown is going to cut pensions? Whitman cut a deal to protect fat police pensions?

Who's the real Republican now?

Tatter Salad said...

I get a kick out of there being so many 'quasi' reference groups that the constituents put forward. For instance, on Prop 22: the 'California Fire Chiefs' are for it, while the 'California Firefighters' are against it (go figure?). Obviously, Jerry is expressing angst against the 'dole' ALL these groups are requiring for endorsement... so perhaps his aid's description is terse, brief, but ACCURATE within the context.
Two more points for Brown in my book- And there are laws against recording, playing back private conversations... but I doubt that the Brown camp will chase this (although they could win).