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Should Jerry Brown personally apologize for Meg Whitman 'whore' remark?

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6a00d8341c630a53ef013488024286970c-320wiJerry Brown himself has not made any formal public statements after The Times' Seema Mehta on Thursday revealed that someone in his campaign called Republican rival Meg Whitman a "whore" on an inadvertently recorded voice mail.

Now, Mehta is reporting that some Brown allies say the candidate for governor should make a public apology.

"It's inappropriate; it's just wrong," said Stephanie Schriock, the leader of EMILY'S List, a Democratic group dedicated to electing pro-choice women, on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers." Such words "just shouldn't be used anywhere by anyone, period. It is just not what our democracy is about. It's unfortunate to hear it in any place."

A Brown spokesman said the campaign did not plan to issue any other statement beyond its apology made Thursday.

What do you think? Should Brown address the issue himself? Share your views below.

Photo: Jerry Brown. Allen J. Shaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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Ridiculous. Words in and of themselves are not offensive; context is everything. And in the context of Whitman selling out her values for personal gain, "whore" is used not sexually, but in the vein of the "corporate whore," a term that describes behaviors equally applicable to both sexes. If I am offended, it is by the implication that the term "whore" automatically applies to feminine sexuality, an assertion made by Whitman and the knee-jerk feminist reactionaries. Think about this rationally and not emotionally, and stick with the real issues, please.

He need not apologize, because he himself did not make the statement. However, if he needs to say anything, it should be to make it clear those weren't his words, that yes, sometimes salty language is used in such circles and most of all to explain the real issue he and his campaign staff were discussing. (It is ridiculous for people to think it was meant literally or to fool themselves into thinking that the term is so offensive.) Brown should underscore the idea that Whitman was willing to bend her pension policy as it pertains to law enforcement in a transparent bid to get their endorsement. Unlike Whitman, Brown is willing to stand up for his principals.

wow what kind of person uses that language at his age? IF he actually said this, he's a nutcase.

Brown is a bigot and a chauvenist pig from a darker period in American history.
If he apologizes, it may save a few women's votes, but most women now understand where his mind is at and will vote against him because he is a sexist bigot.
Brown is yesterday's problem, he needs to go away....

If you listen to the tape!

It's a FEMALE aide who says it ... and you hear Brown saying he's not going to cut a deal with them - which is what Whitman did -- by promising to let them keep their pensions ... to get their vote.

What it shows is that Whitman will sell her soul to buy a vote.

He shouldn't apologize...he said, he meant it. thats it...whats done is done...

If she can't handle that comment, she has no business being in politics...

And to the "Republic" for which it stands, one nation under God!!!!
What democracy is she talking about??

Why should he apologize? Whitman herself publicly accused him of putting her former employee up to the whole Nannygate scandal with absolutely no proof, and she's not apologized for that. She's used deceptive and misleading advertisements containing outright falsehoods and instead of backing off when she was called on it, used absolutely tortured logic to justify their continued use. And you don't think that Whitman has used equally offensive language about Brown behind closed doors when there were no recording devices present? This thing is a scandal because (a) Brown didn't realize that the conversation was being recorded, and (b) the organization he called, in a very partisan action, chose to make the conversation public.

No, she is a whore. She should wear it proudly and just shut up

Whitman publicly stated she will repeal the will of the voters if Proposition 19 passes .

Then she should repeal the will of the voters should she be elected as
Governor .

A defeat on Proposition 19 means nothing more than continued genocide on
the western continent with more being arrested with unjust laws , families destroyed & California will remain in its budjet deficit .

No for Whitman .

budjet = budget ...................my mistake !

the person who said it should apologize

If Rick Sanchez got fired from CNN for describing Jon Steward as a "bigot" and "prejudiced," then I think the least Jerry Brown should do is apologize for referring to Meg Whitman a "whore."

Jerry Brown has nothing to apologize for. I find it refreshing that he feels comfortable "telling it like it is" and if anything, Jerry should embrace the epithet that he believes fits Meg Whitman like a glove.

Sometimes it takes an older, wiser head to remind us of standards we've long forgotten, and who better than Jerry Brown to take us back to a time when we were less tolerant of aberrant behavior and more willing to hold people to account for their actions. Women who prostituted themselves were treated with the disdain befitting them, and not made into instant TMZ-Twitter celebrities. We need to be reminded of that.

I say "Well said!" Jerry, thank you for having the guts and leadership that California needs and I hope Jerry continues to be an outspoken voice.

No,

Brown should not apologize for something said in what should have been a private conversation.

" Such words "just shouldn't be used anywhere by anyone, period. It is just not what our democracy is about. "

Really? Words that shouldn't be used by anyone, anywhere, period? What other word that said the same thing would have been acceptable to Ms. Stephanie Schriock? If they called Meg a "prostitute" when referring to her selling out, would Ms. Schriock have been happier?

This is NOT a political issue and the California Governor's race has a LOT of really HUGE issues. I want to see BOTH candidates talking about. Not if an aid used a word not even banned from the radio in a private conversation.

We need human's running for office people. Not PR puppets.

No news here. I am not under the illusion that any of these candidates speak nicely about each other in private. Actually I expect that what these two say about each other privately is often insulting.

No apologies needed. If it wasn't true than why does it matter? Guess truth does hurt.

Absolutely, he should apologize, but it is much deeper than that. He wants the status quo of the good ol' days to remain the same as it always has been, and keep women subservient and in the kitchen. On top of that, he has been a dismal failure in everything he has touched, and we are paying for it. He should go where the retired politicians go.

By itself the word is inexcusable and should never ever be used in a political context. However, it was being used by men who thought they were in a private conversation discussing conduct which would warrant that term, even if applied to a man, i.e. she told the Police Union she wouldn't cut their pensions and they gave her $450K and endorsed her. She sold out--in political terms she did exactly what was described.

No. she is a sell out? whats the difference?

Funny how "appalling" this title supposedly is, yet the word is plastered all over the news and online stories. lol

Yes, JB, please apologize so we can move on. We all know what the truth is, but I can see their side too - so if a meaningless apology will help her and her team - by all means, be the bigger person and say it.

stick to the issues. this kind of thing is about selling media, not about what CA cares about. we want Jerry Brown because he believes in energy independence with support for PACE loans and feed in tariffs, and wants US to own our own power production instead of Chevron Solar and BP Wind.

ironic that the liberal who gets so much crap from the "don't tread on me" dummies is the one who would ACTUALLY free us from the most serious oppression we suffer - Big Energy mercenaries. their candidates would all double down on the enslavement, sloganeering aside.

Yes, he should personally apologize. And then he should explain this: http://thenewagenda.net/2010/10/09/jerry-brown%e2%80%99s-contempt-for-women-ca-now%e2%80%99s-endorsement/

It is just WRONG. Would you like someone to call your grandmother, your mother, your wife or your daughter a "WHORE"? If you do, you must not be elected to any public office. I am an Independent, registered, and I will not tolerate this attitude. This time I will vote Republican in California.


Regarding Meg Whitman the Whore.

Jerry Brown didn't make the remark so he should not apologize. Besides the word "Whore" was not addressed to her sexual activities it was directed at how she sold herself to the Unions - BIG DIFFERENCE. Which she DID!!!

 
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