On politics in the Golden State
October 13, 2010 | 9:00 am

A law-enforcement group mentioned by Jerry Brown on his now-infamous voicemail message that was made public last week has purchased more than $800,000 in radio time to boost Republican Meg Whitman.

The California State Law Enforcement Assn., whose president, Alan Barcelona, was called “not one of our stalwart officers, in my opinion” by Brown in the voicemail message, endorsed Whitman last month.

The organization’s “endorsement of Meg Whitman for governor came down to just one final item: We don’t know which Jerry Brown we’d have for the next four years, and we can’t afford to take that risk,” Barcelona wrote in a letter explaining the group’s endorsement of Whitman.

Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford said Whitman earned the endorsement by pandering to the group.

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