Arnold Schwarzenegger On Meg Whitman: ‘Appalling When Anyone Sells Out’

Oct 14, 2010 5:52pm

ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once again seems to be playing the role of “Kindergarten Cop,” but this time, it’s not a feisty group of youngsters he’s trying to keep in line, it’s the two candidates seeking to replace him.

Schwarzenegger used his Twitter account on Thursday to scold both Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman over the controversy that erupted after a recording of a private discussion among members of the Brown campaign surfaced.

One of the governor’s followers (@jashsf) asked him, “What do you think about eMeg selling her vote to the police union?” Schwarzenegger responded: “It's appalling when anyone sells out.”

The question was a reference to allegations heard on the Brown phone message indicating that the Whitman campaign was trying to cut a deal with the Los Angeles police union in order to secure the group’s endorsement.

But the recording also captured a Brown staffer calling Whitman a “whore” — a blunder that has become a major Whitman talking point in the final stretch of the election. Brown has since apologized, saying it was wrong for a member of his team to use the word.

Nevertheless, when another Twitter user (@Val) asked, “What do you personally think about the ‘WHORE’ comment made by Jerry Brown's campaign?" Schwarzenegger wrote: “That word is unacceptable.”

The governor, whose popularity in California has plummeted since he rode into office during the state’s 2003 recall election, has not endorsed a candidate in the race. Recent polls give Brown an edge, but the contest remains tight.

When yet another follower (@Cinepub) made light of his comment that “it’s appalling when anyone sells out” by saying, “Then explain Junior!” — a 1994 film in which the future governor plays a pregnant man, Schwarzenegger played along.

“Now that’s funny,” he tweeted in reply.

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