Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman square off tonight in their third and final debate. One can only hope that the word “whore,” or at least its euphemisms, dominates the proceedings somewhat less than the word “nanny,” and much less than a substantive policy discussion.

On the other hand, if you simply must hear the conversation in which an unidentified interlocutor uses that slur against Whitman, the Washington Post has posted it. (A Fox News blog, not necessarily the most unimpeachable information vehicle, says an unidentified source has ID’d the caller as Brown’s wife.)

Perhaps more interesting than the nasty headline comment in that audio is the unguarded voicemail message Brown leaves about a California Statewide Law Enforcement Association endorsement of  Whitman, and his summing up the state of the election coming down to the wire.

You can listen to the Brown-Whitman debate, being held at Dominican University in San Rafael, on KQED on-air or online at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Brown-Whitman Debate Tonight 12 October,2010Jon Brooks

  • Katie McCall

    When you see what the campaign is coming down to — money and naming calling — it’s no wonder that so many people are turned off by politics. Thank you KQED for the help to look past the snarky headlines!


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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