Only days into the two-way race for governor, Jerry Brown's loose lips are already stirring the political pot after he reportedly compared GOP rival Meg Whitman's campaign with Nazi propaganda.
It all started with a jog, and then a blog, posted by KCBS radio political reporter Doug Sovern, who ran into the Democratic nominee while jogging in the Oakland Hills on Sunday.
According to Sovern's blog, Brown fretted about Whitman's deep pockets before saying, "It's like Goebbels," referring to Hitler's notorious minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.
"Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda," Sovern reported Brown as saying. "He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That's her ambition, the first woman president. That's what this is all about."
Whitman's campaign immediately issued a statement from campaign manager Jillian Hasner, who called Brown's reported comments "deeply offensive and entirely unacceptable."
Sterling Clifford, Brown's spokesman, was asked Thursday night if Brown believes that Whitman is anything like Goebbels.
"No," Clifford said. "It was a jogging talk on a Sunday afternoon taken out of context."
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