(CNN) – Heading into the final weeks of the election, Meg Whitman may be letting bygones become bygones.
"Californians deserve better than the traditional politics of slurs and personal attacks… But I accept [Jerry Brown's] apology," the Republican California gubernatorial candidate said of her opponent on Thursday in an interview on CNN's The Situation Room.
Brown issued an apology after an unknown staffer on his campaign was heard in a recorded phone conversation referring to Whitman as a "whore," implying that she had sold out to special interests.
The incident has dominated the tight race of late, culminating in a heated exchange between the two candidates during a debate earlier this week.
But Whitman told CNN Lead Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer that she wants to talk about "the issues, and which candidate is going to be better equipped to jump start the economy," instead.
Whitman also expressed relief that another scandal that has dogged her campaign seems to have subsided, saying, "I think the good news is the Gloria Allred circus has pretty much left town."
Allred created a firestorm when she, along with Whitman's former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan, accused the Republican candidate of knowingly employing Diaz-Santillan even though she is here illegally, then firing the housekeeper for "political reasons involving Ms. Whitman's decision to run for governor."
Whitman has provided a detailed defense of the housekeeper's employment, maintaining that she fired Diaz-Santillan when she learned of her illegal status.
"We went to an employment agency to hire our housekeeper. We had three forms of identification. She was a great employee. Came to us, you know, nine years later and admitted that she was illegal, and we did what we had to do which was let her go," Whitman said.
Whitman has said that employers should be held accountable for hiring illegal immigrants, and staunchly opposes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Brown jumped on the allegations, saying they exposed his opponent's hypocrisy, while Whitman accused Brown's campaign of orchestrating the scandal for political gain.
"Californians understand that that was a political stunt. I did nothing wrong," Whitman said.