...the attorney general and his aides discussed resisting pressure to cut public-safety pensions or face losing police endorsements to Whitman.There are some modest distinctions here. AG Brown did not make the comment, though it sure looks like he agreed with it. Also, his campaign issued an apology, albeit for the wormy reason that it might have caused offense rather than it was flat-out wrong. The bottom line, however, is the comment was offensive.
"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," Brown said.
Someone else said: "What about saying she's a whore?"
"Well, I'm going to use that," Brown replied. "It proves you've cut a secret deal to protect the pensions."
AG Brown and his campaign worker each owe Meg Whitman a more direct and forceful apology.