Source: Brown's wife called Whitman a 'whore'

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman talks to reporters in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

October 10, 2010 7:44:12 PM PDT
Fox News is claiming it has sources whom have identified the person in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown's campaign who called Republican challenger Meg Whitman a "whore."

The comment was accidentally recorded on voice mail after Brown thought he hung up the phone after leaving a message for the Los Angeles Police Union.

Fox News says people with knowledge of what happened say it was Brown's wife who suggested calling Whitman a "whore," for cutting a deal to get the union's endorsement.

Brown's campaign did not respond to ABC7's e-mails on Sunday and they still haven't said who said it.

Whitman is demanding a personal apology.

The Fox News source notes that Brown's wife, Anne, is a former executive at The Gap and can't exactly be fired from the campaign.