Schwarzenegger calls 'whore' remark unacceptable

In an impromptu conversation with a follower on Twitter on Thursday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) commented that the term "whore" — used by a member of Jerry Brown's campaign about Republican opponent Meg Whitman — was "unacceptable."

Brown's gubernatorial campaign drew criticism last week after an audio recording surfaced in which a Brown staffer called Whitman a "whore" for allegedly saying she wouldn't cut police pensions in order to gain union support.

The recording was made unintentionally after Brown, who was leaving a message with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, thought he had hung up the phone.

"That I have been warned if I crack down on pensions ... that they'll go to Whitman, and that's where they'll go because they know Whitman will give 'em, will cut them a deal, but I won't," Brown said.

Brown continues with "What about saying ... " and what could be another voice jumps in with "she's a whore?"

"It wasn't Jerry [who made the remark]," Brown campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford said the following day.

Schwarzenegger, who has not endorsed Whitman in the race, addressed the issue Wednesday via Twitter.

"What do you personally think about the "WHORE" comment made by Jerry Brown's campaign?" tweeted user @Val.

"That word is unacceptable," Schwarzenegger responded.

A few tweets before, he had praised a Riverside Press-Enterprise article and a California GOP press release for calling out Republicans and Democrats, respectively, who have bent to unions and blocked pension reform in California. 

"Anyone, Rep or Dem, who catered to unions by trying to block public employee pension reform should explain why they're fit to be re-elected," he said.

Later, responding to user @jashsf, who asked his opinion about "eMeg selling her vote to the police union," he said, "It's appalling when anyone sells out."

Recent polls show Whitman trailing Brown by up to 7 points.