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Brown Pal: Call Whitman a 'Whore'

In what’s shaping up to be one of the more tabloid-heavy political races in recent memory, California’s gubernatorial campaign took a nasty turn Thursday after it was revealed that an associate of Democrat Jerry Brown was recorded suggesting that Brown call Republican rival Meg Whitman a “whore,” reports the Los Angeles Times. The comment came from a voicemail Brown left for a Los Angeles Police Protective League Official last month, and the men had no idea they were being recorded. Brown and his associate were voicing their frustrations over how the state pensions issue is working in Whitman’s favor. “Do we want to put an ad out? That I have been warned if I crack down on pensions, I will be that they'll go to Whitman, and that's where they'll go because they know Whitman will give 'em, will cut them a deal, but I won't,” said Brown in the recording. A second voice then jumps in and says, “What about saying she's a whore?” “Well, I'm going to use that,” Brown responds on the recording. “It proves you've cut a secret deal to protect the pensions.” The call is authentic, according to Brown campaign spokesman Clifford Sterling, and Whitman’s campaign spokesman Sarah Pompei called it “an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California.”