(JTA) — Jerry Brown has apologized for likening his opponent in the race for governor of California to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. Brown, a Democrat, a former governor and currently the state’s attorney general, last week told a journalist that Republican candidate Meg Whitman’s substantial campaign chest made her “like Goebbels,” in that she would be able to saturate media with lies about him. Goebbels is believed to have originated the “big lie” theory of propaganda, purporting that the public will buy an untruth if it is repeated often enough.A number of Jewish groups, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center said the remark was offensive, given Goebbels’ role not only as a Nazi propagandist but as an architect of the Holocaust.