Meg Whitman Called 'Whore' in Jerry Brown Phone Message

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"As female candidates, we're always put to a different standard, whether it's how we dress, whether we're married," said Parra. She said Brown showed a lack of leadership when he did not immediately correct his staffer during the recorded conversation.

The recording of Brown, released three weeks after it was made, is the second late campaign surprise to rock the California gubernatorial race.

Last week, the narrative of the race was overtaken when celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, a Democrat with nominal previous ties to Brown, brought forward Whitman's former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, who was employed by the billionaire former eBay CEO for nine years, even though she was in the country illegally.

Whitman pointed to paperwork where the housekeeper claimed to be a legal resident. But Allred and the housekeeper produced a letter from the Social Security Administration to Whitman pointing out that Santillan's social security number did not match her name in government records. The letter had a note written from Whitman's husband to Santillan.

The race between Brown and Whitman has gotten more contentious through the summer and fall. Whitman has spent more than $130 million on the race, much of it from her own personal fortune. Brown has far less in the bank, but has gotten help from service unions, which have spent heavily on advertising for him.

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