SACRAMENTO -- The campaign of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Democratic rival acknowledged yesterday that it downloaded -- and leaked to the media -- a recording of a private meeting in which the governor described a Hispanic legislator as having a ``very hot" personality.
But Cathy Calfo, campaign manager for Democrat Phil Angelides, said the campaign had done nothing wrong because the file was available publicly on the governor's website .
``No one hacked," Calfo said at a news conference to address the role played by the Angelides campaign . ``They accessed information that was available to the public."
A spokesman for Schwarzenegger, Adam Mendelsohn, said someone would have had to snoop to find the audio file.
Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary, Andrea Lynn Hoch, said the sound file was stored in a password-protected area. Calfo said Angelides did not know about it.
Earlier yesterday, Katie Levinson, Schwarzenegger's campaign spokeswoman, called on Angelides to ``denounce the unethical actions taken on his behalf."
In the March recording, Schwarzenegger and his chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, speculated whether state Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia is Cuban or Puerto Rican. Schwarzenegger says: ``They are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."
With Garcia by his side on Friday , the governor apologized for his remarks . Garcia said she was not offended.