Monday, October 11, 2010

Was It Brown’s Wife Who Called Whitman a “Whore?”

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Speculation is starting to swirl that it was Jerry Brown’s wife, Anne Gust Brown, who called Meg Whitman a “whore” on an accidental voicemail message. A cleaned-up recording of the message clearly reveals that it was a woman who said, “whore” — not Brown, himself, as the Whitman campaign has falsely alleged. And since Brown likely would have fired that person if she was an aide, then some are concluding that it must have been Gust (who works closely with her husband in his office and on his campaign) who called Whitman a “whore” for allegedly striking a deal with a law enforcement union to protect pensions in exchange for its endorsement.

Here’s a transcript of the accidental voicemail message that Brown left on the answering machine of a LA police union from WitnessLA:

JB: I’m being paid back now…..I mean, Maybe we’ll put an ad out…
JB: ….I’ve been warned that if I crack down on pensions, they’ll go to Whitman, and that’s where they’ll go, because they know Whitman
FEMALE….Will be focused [or something like that.]
JB:…..will give ‘em a….will cut a deal that I won’t.”
FEMALE: Right
JB: (unintelligible) ..to do anything
MALE: Yeah
JB:…. What about saying that?
FEMALE (OVERLAPPING BROWN): Cause she’s a whore.”
MALE: (appearing to be responding to Jerry) Good… (unintelligible)…go (unintelligible)
JB (continuing his train of thought): Well, I can use that. ‘Hey, Meg, is it true that you’ve cut a secret deal to protect the pensions.. to exempt the pensions.’
FEMALE: Yeah, we should. We definitely should.
MALE: That’ll talk to plenty of people (or something close to that)
JB: Yeah, I don’t care. That’s my normal instinct. I’m a… demagogue… (pause) Alright…
(and it goes on from there….)

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