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Whore-gate? Jerry Brown Apologizes To Meg Whitman For Aide’s Sexist Slur

There is a new twist in the already heated gubernatorial race in California, and it centers around a “private” conversation between Democratic candidate Jerry Brown and a unidentified staffer who referred to his opponent Meg Whitman as a “whore.” The conversation was inadvertently caught on tape and has increased tensions in a tight and bitter campaign.

NBC News obtained the voicemail last night, and shortly after news broke of its existence, Jerry Brown’s camp issued the following statement: “This was a jumbled and often inaudible recording of a private conversation. At times our language was salty. We apologize to Ms. Whitman and anyone who may have been offended.” Predictably, Ms. Whitman’s campaign.

Predictably, the Whitman campaign responded via spokesman Sarah Pompei, who released the following response to reports of the recording late Thursday: “The use of the term ‘whore’ is an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California. This is an appalling and unforgivable smear against Meg Whitman. At the very least Mr. Brown tacitly approved this despicable slur and he himself may have used the term at least once on this recording.”

Whitman’s campaign is likely thrilled to have the media no longer covering the story of the candidate’s alleged hiring of an illegal immigrant to work in her home, instead focused on her opponent put in the unenviable position of defending his aide’s use of “whore.” California!

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