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Daily Fix Poll: Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman and a controversial voicemail

By Felicia Sonmez

California state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) finds himself in hot water in the Golden State's gubernatorial race after the surfacing of a recording in which a Brown aide -- or possibly Brown himself -- discusses portraying former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) as a "whore."

Steve Glazer, Brown's campaign manager, told the Los Angeles Times that the remarks were made in "a private conversation" but that "at times our language was salty," adding that the campaign apologized to Whitman and others who were offended.

("Salty"! Who says that?)

A Whitman spokesperson called the remarks "an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California" and "appalling and unforgivable smear" against Whitman.

While it remains unclear who made the remarks, they could have a stinging impact on Brown's candidacy, particularly if it robs him of the momentum he appeared to be building in the race. (Also worth noting: Reports of the comments come as Whitman is battling a spate of bad news herself regarding her hiring of an undocumented worker.)

What's your take -- will the voicemail controversy hurt Brown's standing among women, or will it fade in light of other issues in the campaign?

By Felicia Sonmez  | October 8, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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