Politics

NOW endorses Jerry Brown for California governor despite Brown staffer calling Republican opponent a ‘whore’

Sonja Eddings Brown, president and co-founder of The Kitchen Cabinet, a women’s economic advocacy group, speculated that if Brown had called a Democrat like Barbara Boxer or Hillary Clinton a “whore,” NOW never would have endorsed him.

“In some ways, it really hurt to have the National Organization for Women come out and do that, when they know how women feel about that word, [‘whore’],” Eddings Brown told TheDC. “On the other hand, it validated what we already knew — that they no longer represent women in America.”

Bellasalma said that while calling Whitman a “whore” was a poor choice of words, the description was accurate. “The very troubling issue that is embedded in that call is what prompted the description of Meg as a ‘whore’ is basically that she sold out Californians for an endorsement and a $450,000 independent expenditure campaign,” she said.

Sabato concluded, “Hypocrisy is never pretty, though it is the lifeblood of politics.”

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