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Schwarzenegger Faces 'Tough Choices'

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

Recall Davis?

· Yes 54.3%     · No 45.7%

Replacement Candidates

· Schwarzenegger   3,476,301  - 47.8%    · Bustamante     2,354,483 - 32.4%     · McClintock    958,720 - 13.2%

97% of precincts reporting

Source: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seething over taxes and red ink, voters dumped the unpopular Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with political novice Arnold Schwarzenegger. Davis, the Democrat who presided over California's economy as it careened from boom to bust, was recalled Tuesday less than a year into his second term.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, the recall was favored by 4,091,181 voters or 54.3 percent, and opposed by 3,437,940 voters or 45.7 percent. Among the replacement candidates, Schwarzenegger was ahead with 3,476,301 votes, or 47.8 percent of the vote; Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante had 2,354,483 votes, or 32.4 percent; Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock had 958,720 votes, or 13.2 percent; and Green Party candidate Peter Camejo had 205,210 votes, or 2.8 percent.

Schwarzenegger, a moderate Republican with tons of charisma but virtually no political experience, was easily elected among candidates to replace Davis just two months after shocking even his closest aides when he declared his candidacy on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

The action movie hero may find that the hardest part is yet to come. He will need to quickly assemble an administration and work with a Democrat-controlled Legislature to close a projected $8 billion shortfall for next fiscal year. Schwarzenegger scheduled an afternoon press conference Wednesday to discuss the transition.

"We have tough choices ahead," Schwarzenegger said in declaring victory. "The first choice that we must make is the one that will determine our success. Shall we rebuild our state together or shall we fight amongst ourselves, create even deeper divisions and fail the people of California? Well, let me tell you something - the answer is clear. For the people to win, politics as usual must lose."

"Tonight, the voters did decide it's time for someone else to serve, and I accept their judgment," said Davis, the career public servant who became the first California governor and the second in the nation ever to be recalled.

"I'm calling on everyone... to put the chaos and division of the recall behind us and do what's right for this great state of California," Davis said.

Barring a legal challenge, Schwarzenegger will be sworn in no later than Nov. 16 to serve out the remaining three years of Davis' term. First the vote must be certified, a process that can take more than a month. He would then be up for re-election in 2006.

Schwarzenegger prevailed despite a flurry of negative publicity in the campaign's final days, including allegations of inappropriate conduct toward women.

Arnold Thanks Voters

"The truth of the matter is this recall, 2 million people put it on the ballot because they're upset about the economy, upset about the deficit, they're upset about energy and they're upset about the education," Schwarzenegger spokesman Sean Walsh said Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "And the truth of the matter is the voters never took their eye off the ball."

Schwarzenegger will need to turn in a budget plan by Jan. 10, giving him just a few months to deliver on campaign-trail promises not to raise taxes or cut education spending, which consumes roughly 40 percent of California's budget. Throughout the campaign, Schwarzenegger refused to say what he would cut, but painful program slashing undoubtedly looms.

He also promised to repeal this year's tripling of the state vehicle license fee, although he has not said how he would make up the $4 billion that would cost.

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Schwarzenegger must work with Democrats, who are a majority of both houses in the Legislature and hold all statewide offices except his newly won governorship.

He dismissed the problem on the campaign trail, saying he knew how to work with Democrats because he's married to one - Kennedy relative Maria Shriver. In practice, it's likely to be a thornier issue.

Despite the rancorous recall race, Bustamante and other Democratic officeholders quickly pledged to put partisanship behind them and work with the new governor.

"As I see it, we campaign as partisans but we govern as Californians," said Bustamante, who will remain in office until his term expires in 2006. "I know how to balance a budget and I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work."

Schwarzenegger, 56, weathered last-minute allegations from 16 women who said he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances, and accusations that as a young man he spoke admiringly of Adolf Hitler.

He denied the Hitler claims, which also were rebutted by associates, and dismissed some of the groping allegations as lies while admitting he "behaved badly sometimes."

By the time those charges surfaced, voters' desire to oust the deeply unpopular Davis was too sharp to curb.

Exit polling showed that many Hispanics and union members - two key groups in Davis' past electoral successes - deserted him as he suffered extraordinarily low job approval ratings amid widespread discontent about the state's economy, according to voter surveys conducted for The Associated Press and other news organizations by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

But the recall was more than a message to Davis, said former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta, who called the result a warning shot to all incumbent officeholders.

"It's a revolt of people who are increasingly angry at the crises that face them, and at the failure of leadership," Panetta said. "If I were a Republican, I wouldn't get too cocky about what happened."

Schwarzenegger's improbable rise to political power played out before a rapt international audience. He campaigned as an outsider, borrowing a line from the movie "Network" to tell charged-up supporters that "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"

The campaign included a parade of bit players among the 135 candidates, including Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, former child actor Gary Coleman and a porn actress who wanted to tax breast implants. But to many Californians, it was serious business.

"I'm horrified at the thought that Schwarzenegger can be our governor," said Gretchen Purser, 25, of Berkeley, who voted against recall. "I'm sick of Republicans trying to take over the state."

Ed Troupe, 69, of Thousand Oaks, voted yes for recall and for Schwarzenegger. "As far as I'm concerned," he said, "Gray Davis is one of the dirtiest politicians I've ever encountered."

Voters also rejected Proposition 54, a contentious initiative that would have banned state and local governments from tracking race in everything from preschools to police work. Californians also said no to Proposition 53, which would have set aside up to 3 percent of the state budget every year to build and rebuild infrastructure.

10/08/03 08:52 EDT

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.

Candidate Profile: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger


Oct. 2 (ABC7) — In Assignment 7, an election profile on Gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Watch this report

The film that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's career was called Pumping Iron. He played himself, the Austrian body builder who came to the United States to become a star.

During the next decade, he lived that dream with a series of blockbuster movies and a storybook marriage to Maria Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family.

Last year, Schwarzenegger made his first major foray into politics, pushing Proposition 49. It was supposed to create after-school programs, but never went into effect because there's no money to pay for it. Stay current! Get news reports delivered right to your inbox for free.

Now, the 56-year-old multimillionaire has decided he wants to be governor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, candidate for governor: "I will go to Sacramento and I will clean house."

At first, Schwarzenegger blasted Governor Davis for taking money from special interests and pledged to pay for his campaign himself.

Schwarzenegger: "I don't need to take any money from anybody. I have plenty myself."

He's already contributed $5 million of his own to the campaign. But he has also accepted $12 million in donations from others, much of it from business interests.

His top priority is the economy.

Schwarzenegger: "The most important thing is to create a positive business environment."

Schwarzenegger says one key to turning around the economy is reforming workers compensation. Governor Davis signed a reform package two days ago, but Schwarzenegger says it doesn't go far enough.

On the state budget, he promises quick action.

Schwarzenegger: "I will go in there and immediately put a spending cap on those guys and say no more spending. From now on we only can spend the money that we make."

But as a Republican, Schwarzenegger may find his plan is a tough sell in Sacramento.

ABC7's Laura Marquez: "How would you as governor get a budget through a Democrat-controlled legislature when you need that two-thirds majority vote?"

Schwarzenegger: "You can not look at the opposite, the party that is not your party, but is the other party, like the Democrats … you don't look at them as enemies, you look at them as your friends that you want to work with."

Schwarzenegger admits he's a political novice and has surrounded himself with advisors. He held what he called an education summit to talk about improving schools.

Schwarzenegger: "What we want to do is get rid of Sacramento dictating down to them what to do, let them decide what they need to do. That's how you get efficiency."

But when pressed about which state mandated school programs he might cut, Schwarzenegger asked an advisor to step in.

On energy, he would try to renegotiate the contracts Governor Davis signed with power producers and he thinks we need to build power plants faster.

Schwarzenegger: "Let's bring private investors in here, build more energy plants and let's get our state government out of competing with the private sector."

Schwarzenegger wants to roll back the tripling of the vehicle license fee and repeal the law giving drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

He says the most important thing he would bring to the governor's office is leadership.

Schwarzenegger: "I could just no longer stand by and watch those politicians neglect the people of this great state."

Hand Analyst Studies Arnold's Palm Print

By Associated Press

October 6, 2003, 2:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Whether he'll become governor of California is still to be determined, but if he does, a professional hand analyst who examined Arnold Schwarzenegger's palm print at Grauman's Chinese Theatre said she sees "tremendous leadership ability."

"There is this odd kind of Teddy bear thing mixed with warrior energy," said Beth Davis as she traced her finger into the well of the actor's palm print in the landmark Hollywood theater's courtyard Sunday.

More than 180 celebrities have immortalized their hands, and in some cases their feet, at Grauman's. Schwarzenegger left his imprints on July 15, 1994, next to his signature and his famous promise, "I'll be back."

Davis, who isn't related to the current California governor, Gray Davis, was preparing for an interview with England's BBC Radio 5 news network when she examined the Schwarzenegger impression.

BBC producer Chris Vallance had contacted her, asking if she could add a sense of fun to the California recall election for listeners back home.

"Anything can happen in the United States," Daniel Miguel, 30, a businessman from Venezuela, said as he studied Schwarzenegger's hand and boot prints.

Schwarzenegger is running as a Republican candidate for the position of state governor if Davis is removed from office in Tuesday's election,0,4463717.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

August 28th, 2003

Schwarzenegger Asks Advisors What He Really Stands For  

Actor's Political Strategists Help Him Formulate Lifelong Beliefs

Politics - Eager to respond to questions from the press about his positions on important issues facing California, gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked trusted political gurus to tell him what his most deeply held, passionate beliefs are, sources say.

"For the last several weeks, many of you have been asking me what my stance is on the abortion issue," the actor said at a recent press conference. "Now that I have discussed the issue with my advisors, I can tell you that I am firmly pro-choice, as I have been my entire life."

Reading from a set of carefully printed note cards, the candidate also stated that he is strongly in favor of environmental protection and welfare reform but fiercely opposed to affirmative action.

At one point, Schwarzenegger announced that he was, and always has been, against gun control, when advisor William Schultz interrupted him and whispered in his ear. "As I was saying," the candidate continued, "I am, and always have been, in favor of gun control."

Schwarzenegger added that his advisors have not yet told him what his views are on the war on drugs and health care reform, but that his staff is debating the issues and will soon provide him with specific, unshakable opinions on those topics.

Asked what he thinks about the death penalty and illegal immigration, the actor said, "I'm glad you asked that, and I have very strong beliefs on those issues. I'll answer that question first thing tomorrow."


September 20, 2003

Contact: Rico Mastrodonato, CLCV, (510) 271-0900

Bill Magavern, Sierra Club California, (916) 214-0065

Susan Jordan, Vote the Coast, (805) 637-3037


SACRAMENTO - A group of leading California environmental organizations - Sierra Club California, the California League of Conservation Voters and Vote the Coast -- responded today to Arnold Schwarzenegger's pending environmental statement scheduled for Sunday in Santa Barbara, warning voters that the lack of a record to measure him by pits his statements against his personal choices.

"Schwarzenegger is not the environmental candidate in this race. He has no record, no experience making tough choices," said Rico Mastrodonato, executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV). "When it comes to candidates who don't have a record, voters need to look at the company they keep. The majority of Schwarzenegger's closest advisors are the same people who worked for former Governor Wilson, who spent 8 years attacking our air, water and coast."

The grassroots groups noted that Schwarzenegger did not respond to their invitation to participate in an environmental endorsement process. The groups make voting recommendations to voters after evaluating candidates through a process that includes research on candidates' environmental records, a standard questionnaire that seeks candidates' answers on current environmental issues, and an in-person interview.

Schwarzenegger is expected to announce this weekend a proposal to set up a hydrogen "super-highway."

"The hydrogen economy claim is an attempt to dodge the real issues. It is at least 20 years away. We need real pollution reduction now, and we can get them from a variety of fuel efficiency, and clean vehicle technologies that exist today," added Mastrodonato.

The groups said Schwartzenegger's late day conversion raises questions about his past behavior. Schwarzennegger is the most well known public face associated with the gas guzzling Hummer. They noted that his ties to the "urban tank" and the owner of the company that manufactures it are cause for concern. AM General, the manufacturer of the Hummer is owned by Ira Rennert of the privately held Renco Group. Rennert who has been labeled "the biggest polluter in America," owns a host of companies currently being sued by the federal EPA for gross pollution violations. Schwarzenegger claims that he receives no monetary compensation based on his promotion of the Hummer, though acknowledges Hummer has donated to his favorite charities; one charity received $13.5 million dollars in 2001. However, the financial disclosure forms Schwarzenegger filed for Classic Productions in 2002 list Hummer as a source of income over $10,000.

"Schwarzenegger is responsible for glorifying the gas-guzzling Hummer to the American public. While environmental groups were working to make cars get better gas mileage in order to combat global warming, Schwarzenegger was essentially sending the automobile industry in the opposite direction," said Susan Jordan, legislative liaison of Vote the Coast. "The reality is that he may be able to spend the money to retrofit his own Hummer, but it is questionable whether an affordable technology is there to change the entire fleet in the near future."

The groups are united in their opposition to the recall of Governor Davis, and warn voters that a recall could point to oil drilling off the coast, smog in the air and toxins in drinking water. Last week the groups announced they are supporting Cruz Bustamante for the second part of the ballot.

"If you care about your health, if you care about the environment you will vote "No" on the recall of Governor Davis and "Yes" for Cruz Bustamante," said Bill Magavern, legislative representative for Sierra Club California. "In the event the recall is successful, we support Cruz Bustamante because he is the only candidate with a real record and experience to safeguard California's air, water and coast."

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Buffett Minimizes Role in Schwarzenegger Campaign

Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/9/03 | Margery Beck/AP

Posted on 09/09/2003 3:17 PM PDT by NYC Republican

Multibillionaire investor Warren Buffett minimized his role in California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign on Tuesday, saying he is only one of 18 economic advisers to the Hollywood actor. "He's serious about taking in everybody's views, and mine is just one of 18," Buffett said about Schwarzenegger, a Republican. "He's kind of a policy wonk."

Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., commented on Schwarzenegger's campaign at a groundbreaking ceremony for a coal-fired electricity plant that Berkshire-owned MidAmerican Energy is building on Iowa's western border.

Buffett faced questions over how seriously Schwarzenegger is taking his advice.

As the head of Schwarzenegger's Economic Recovery Council with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, Buffett suggested last month that California's property taxes are too low. Schwarzenegger quickly rejected that unpopular advice.

Schwarzenegger even kidded that if Buffett made the suggestion again, he would make the 73-year-old Buffett perform 500 sit-ups.

Buffett said he's taking that threat to heart, declining to comment on California's beloved anti-property tax measure Proposition 13.

"I couldn't do 500 sit-ups between now and the election," Buffett joked.

Schwarzenegger is one of more than 100 candidates seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, who is the subject of a recall election on Oct. 7. Recall supporters have blamed Davis for the state's $38 billion budget deficit and his handling of the energy crisis which led to rolling blackouts throughout the state in 2001.

Buffett, a longtime Democrat and seemingly odd choice as a Schwarzenegger adviser, doesn't take offense to his advise being publicly rejected by Schwarzenegger.

"It's his campaign," Buffett said. "He makes the decisions."

Buffett describes himself as a friend of Schwarzenegger's, but said his interest in the California recall election transcends friendship.

Had Schwarzenegger not run and former Los Angeles mayor Dick Riordan had, Buffett said he would just as likely have been advising Riordan, a Republican.

"If he had asked me, I would have," Buffett said

From the Los Angeles Times



The actor assembles a team of education advisors and promises to give more local control to schools

By Joe Mathews

Times Staff Writer

September 11, 2003

SAN JOSE — Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a team of education advisors on Wednesday that includes classroom teachers, district superintendents and his own mother-in-law, and vowed to give local officials more control over schooling.

After a nearly two-hour meeting with the 24-member panel, which is chaired by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Schwarzenegger told reporters that he wanted to reduce federal and state involvement in education and return more "local control" to the schools.

He declined to identify specific areas of over-regulation, though an advisor cited restrictions on teacher hiring and scheduling as examples.

"There's a philosophic difference" with Davis, Schwarzenegger said. "He thinks Sacramento should say down to the schools what to do."

At the same time, Schwarzenegger seemed to embrace several tools that Davis has supported for checking on student progress.

Schwarzenegger endorsed the state's current system of student testing, as well as state standards on curriculum and the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which created a federal mandate for student academic progress across the country.

Asked if there was a contradiction between his support for such measures and his desire for local control, Schwarzenegger replied that government-mandated tests and standards provide individual teachers with information to tell them "what is the result of my program So there's no contradiction at all."

Schwarzenegger also endorsed charter schools, which are public schools that have been exempted from some regulations to encourage innovation. His panel included Jennifer Andaluz, co-founder and executive director of San Jose's Downtown College Preparatory.

"We need more and better charters," Schwarzenegger said, adding that he does not back private school vouchers because voters have rejected voucher initiatives and because "we have to support our public schools."

Among the panelists were Jaime Escalante, the retired Garfield High School calculus teacher who was the subject of the movie "Stand and Deliver;" former Los Angeles Unified School District board chairwoman Caprice Young; the superintendents of the San Jose, Elk Grove and Fresno County school districts; and Michael L. Hardman, chief educational advisor to the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation in Washington, D.C. (Kennedy, who was killed in World War II, was an uncle of Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver.)

Schwarzenegger also named his mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to the panel. She said she came to discuss special education issues, an expertise she has developed through her support of the Special Olympics and the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.

"You did not come out for nothing, Eunice," Schwarzenegger told Shriver during the opening of the education summit before reporters were asked to leave.

Shriver said she had never before supported a Republican, but added: "I agree with something he has done. He's done a lot of great work for handicapped children" through the Special Olympics.

She noted that she disagrees with her brother, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who as a Democrat is not supporting the Republican Schwarzenegger. She hinted that she doesn't care for the recall, adding, "I think the people have made up their minds — I'm not a resident of California."

Referring to her son-in-law, she said: "I think he'd be a very good governor."

The education team also included an appointee of Gov. Gray Davis: California State University Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Hauck, who was originally named to that panel by Gov. Pete Wilson but was reappointed by Davis to an eight-year term.

"They asked me to be on the round table. It doesn't imply any endorsement by me," Hauck said. "But [Schwarzenegger] was at the meeting to learn, which is a good thing. Whether he would be able to achieve things that Davis has not been able to achieve is something we'll see." Participants said that Schwarzenegger's team took a dim view of California education, despite recent gains in test scores and some improvements in education funding under Davis.

William G. Ouchi, a professor at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and author of a recent book on school reform, launched the closed-door meeting with a series of statistics — mostly drawn from the results of a test called the National Assessments of Educational Progress — that show California's fourth- and eighth-graders failing to meet "proficiency" standards.

Among the issues discussed in the meeting, participants said, were incentives to attract more math and science teachers to urban schools, student access to books and materials, reading and writing curricula, and how to reduce paperwork for teachers and principals.

Schwarzenegger said he mostly was the student during the session. "We had a terrific meeting where I could learn a lot," he said.

Times staff writer Allison Hoffman in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Veterans of scandal join team

Ex-Quackenbush consultants are hired by Schwarzenegger.

By Gary Delsohn -- Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Thursday, August 14, 2003

He's vowed to "clean up Sacramento," but Arnold Schwarzenegger has hired a handful of campaign consultants who were heavily involved in the scandal that drove disgraced state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush from office.

One Quackenbush consultant hired by Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial campaign, Jeff Randle, co-wrote a memo outlining how Quackenbush could enhance his image with money from insurance firms that mishandled Northridge earthquake claims.

Another, Don Sipple, produced controversial TV ads featuring Quackenbush and paid for with insurance company money. A third consultant, Marty Wilson, used money from insurers to do political polling for Quackenbush designed to gauge his chances for higher office. A fourth, Quackenbush political consultant Joe Shumate -- who a legislative report said played a "central role" in the plan -- is discussing a position with the Schwarzenegger campaign.

On a day Schwarzenegger touted a prized recruit -- renowned investor Warren Buffett as a senior financial and economic adviser -- critics Wednesday slammed his hiring of the former Quackenbush consultants.

"I cannot believe he is going to squander his opportunity to establish himself as the outsider he says he is," said consumer activist Harvey Rosenfield, who supports the recall of Gov. Gray Davis.

"Nothing could be more inside the political structure that has so offended Californians than to hire Chuck Quackenbush's political consultants. This is a strategic blunder of monumental proportions. It makes me wonder whether he's up to the task."

Art Torres, head of the state Democratic Party, said Schwarzenegger's hiring the consultants represents either "incredible arrogance or incredible naivete."

"I don't think he gets it," Torres said of the Republican movie star making his first run for office. "I don't think he reads the newspaper except for the (entertainment) section. How can he not know about these guys and their baggage?"

Schwarzenegger, who gave $1 million to his campaign on Tuesday, called Buffett "my mentor and my hero" at the same time that his aides scoffed at the criticism over the appointment of the former Quackenbush consultants.

"This is yet another sad and pathetic attempt by the Democrats to throw lawn chairs in front of the freight train that is the Schwarzenegger campaign," spokesman Sean Walsh said of the Quackenbush issue.

"The roles that will be played by some of the individuals the Democrats are mentioning are organizational ones, and the overall drive of the campaign is with Arnold and individuals like Warren Buffett."

Once considered a rising star in California's Republican Party, Quackenbush resigned in July 2000 rather than face impeachment proceedings after disclosures that he allowed insurance companies to funnel money into foundations promoting his political future instead of paying much higher fines for improperly handling Northridge earthquake claims.

As the program unraveled in a series of legislative hearings, it was disclosed that Shumate, Sipple, Randle and Wilson or their firms each received six-figure payments from the foundations -- money that typically would have gone to the state's general fund -- for their work on Quackenbush's behalf.

None of the men was ever charged with a crime, but a scathing report put out in August 2000 by the Assembly Insurance Committee left little doubt about the propriety of the strategy or the roles played by the consultants now working for Schwarzenegger.

"The (Department of Insurance), working with a group of longtime associates and consultants, then used the foundations to serve (Quackenbush's) political agenda and financially benefit personal friends of top department officials," the report said.

"In pursuit of these objectives, the needs of California consumers and representations made in agreements with insurers largely were ignored."

Former Assemblyman Fred Keeley, a Boulder Creek Democrat who was a key member of the investigating committee, said he was surprised to learn Schwarzenegger hired people so closely enmeshed in the Quackenbush scandal.

"The folks who advised Mr. Quackenbush to enter into a scheme that ultimately led to his resignation as a constitutional officer would not be the people that I would want to surround myself with if I was seeking a state constitutional office," said Keeley. "That would be especially true if I was trying to make the case I was going to be a new broom to sweep the capital clean."

Wilson, Sipple and Randle could not be reached for comment. Shumate said he has been talking with the campaign about coming to work as a consultant but that no agreement has been reached.

"They may hire me, but nothing's been resolved," he said.

All four had helped former Gov. Pete Wilson, Schwarzenegger's campaign co-chairman, with his political efforts. Shumate, Marty Wilson and Randle each served as a deputy chief of staff in the Pete Wilson administration.

Walsh said Sipple is working as a campaign advertising consultant, Wilson is helping run internal campaign operations and Randle will be working with various constituencies that support Schwarzenegger.

"They're quite good at designing campaigns and campaign strategies," said Keeley, who now heads the Planning and Conservation League, a statewide environmental group. "The problem with Quackenbush was not that they designed a strategy but that they designed a strategy that was wholly unethical."

Campaign spokesman Walsh said the consultants who worked for Quackenbush are not setting policy but only trying to get the candidate elected. Although he has not spelled out how he intends to do it, Schwarzenegger remains committed to reforming state government, Walsh said.

"When you bring in Warren Buffett, we're going to clean economic house in Sacramento," Walsh said. "The people in that town have never seen the type of force and personality these folks bring to bear. When the people we're bringing into the campaign come on board, you're going to see things jumping and you're going to see things changing."

But Rosenfield, the consumer activist whose group passed an initiative overhauling the Department of Insurance and making the commissioner's post an elected one, isn't buying it.

"Right now the entire state is up in arms looking for a cartoon hero to catapult into Sacramento and knock everyone's head together and clean the place up," he said.

"If Arnold becomes just another candidate surrounded by the Republican establishment just as Davis and (Lt. Gov. Cruz) Bustamante are by the Democratic establishment, people are going to say, 'My God, we had a recall and we've got the same old thing.' "

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Ma Shriver backs Schwarzenegger

By Inside Track

Friday, September 12, 2003

EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER has thrown her weight - what little she has - behind son-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for California governor. In her first public campaign appearance, the lifelong Democrat and sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, told reporters in San Jose, ``I think he'd be a very good governor. He's been committed to people all his life. Since the day he first arrived here, he's been a success with people.'' She added, ``I think he'd be a very good governor because he is interested in all (kinds of) subjects, particularly subjects that pertain to children.''

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, whose name is synonymous with the Special Olympics, received NYSUT's most prestigious award at the opening session of the RA: the Albert Shanker Award for Distinguished Service.

NYSUT President Tom Hobart said Shriver's leadership forged "incredible opportunities" for mentally retarded children, noting that the Special Olympics, which NYSUT proudly sponsors, involves one million athletes in 150 countries.

Shriver, who was enthusiastically hailed by delegates and guests, said the award was particularly meaningful for her because "Al Shanker always fought for teachers and children." She added: "You, all of you, have inspired us."

The Kennedy Foundation is working to alleviate the chronic shortage of special education teachers - a shortage she called "at least as critical as the shortage of teachers of math and science." An estimated 40 percent of special ed teachers leave the field within five years. She called for incentives, such as forgiving education loans for teachers who work in special ed for at least two years.

She asked delegates to commit themselves to a "call for freedom" for mentally retarded children, "a call for hope and a call for love."

September 30th, 2003


The Schwarzenegger for Governor campaign announced today that Arnold Schwarzenegger has now been endorsed officially by more than 450 local officials, public service organizations and advocacy groups throughout the state.

“From day one, I’ve made it clear that I will be a governor for all the people,” Schwarzenegger said. “Business-as-usual politics in Sacramento ends the moment I enter office. Public policy will be driven by a thoughtful assessment of our state’s needs – not by the influence of big-money special interests.

“These officials and organizations are convinced that things must change,” Schwarzenegger said. “I share their conviction, and I’m honored to have earned their endorsements.”

Support for Arnold’s Plan to Rebound California’s Economy

Schwarzenegger’s endorsements include key business and taxpayer organizations, such as the California Chamber of Commerce, California Farm Bureau Federation and California Taxpayers’ Association. Arnold’s opposition to tax increases and his proposals to stimulate economic growth and job creation are linchpins in his recovery plan for California.

“Arnold is the only candidate with an aggressive, responsive plan to get California’s economy back on track,” said David Goodreau, Chairman of the Small Manufacturer’s Association. “Destructive government policies have suppressed job creation in the state, and exposed employers to skyrocketing costs in energy, workers’ compensation and more. Arnold is going to stop the war on California businesses, and get more people back to work.”

Arnold – The Right Choice for Education

An advocate for children for 25 years, Arnold has promoted education as state government’s first funding priority. He has pledged that education spending will be protected in his budget, and that he will implement reforms to get more education dollars into the classroom, instead of being absorbed in the bureaucracy.

“Our state’s future depends on the quality education we provide our kids today,” said Jeannine Martineau, President of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). “While CSBA as an organization cannot endorse candidates, I and scores of school board members and education leaders statewide have lined up in support of Arnold for governor. Arnold understands that we need protection from budget cuts. But he also knows that we need education spending reforms. Arnold will remove the strings attached to state education funding that make it tougher for local schools to effectively serve the needs of students.”

Strong Support from Local Government

Hundreds of local government officials – including police chiefs, mayors, district attorneys and county supervisors – are endorsing Schwarzenegger, knowing that he is committed to restoring a positive partnership between state and local governments and protecting critical services like public safety and fire protection.

“Law enforcement needs a strong governor who will stand with our cops, district attorneys and tough-on-crime judges,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully. “Arnold will give us the tools we need to reverse the rising trend in crime, and fight efforts to weaken ‘Three Strikes’ and other important criminal laws.”

The list of endorsements from local officials and organizations follows.

Californians for Schwarzenegger

Endorsement List


Jeannine Martineau, President - California School Boards Association*
Marian Bergeson - Former Secretary Governor’s Office of Child Development and Education
Superintendent David Allmen – Temecula Valley Unified School District
Superintendent Rudy Castruita – San Diego County Office of Education
Superintendent James Fleming – Capistrano Unified School District
Superintendent William Habermehl – Orange County Office of Education
Superintendent David Long - Riverside County Office of Education
Superintendent Pete Mehas - Fresno County Office of Education
Bob Berkowitz – President, Del Norte County Unified Board of Trustees
Virginia Wilson – President, Los Alamitos Unified School District
Stewart Morris, Jr. – President, Temecula Valley Unified School District
Heidi Ashcraft – President, Torrance Board of Education
Raymond Bender – Trustee, Center Unified School District
Brian Lewis – Member, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Penny Halgren – Member La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Rick Winet – Member, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Juanita Haugen – Trustee, Pleasanton Unified School District
Philip Yarbrough – Trustee, Rancho Santiago Community College District
Rick Knight – President, Riverside County School Boards Association
Karen Young – Trustee, Sacramento City Unified School District
Bob Watkins – Member, San Diego County Unified School District
Kenneth Ray – Member, Temecula Valley Unified School District
Barbara Tooker - Member, Temecula Valley Unified School District

Public Safety

Women Prosecutors of California
California Narcotic Officers’ Associations
Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association
Minorities in Law Enforcement
Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
Riverside Sheriffs’ Association
Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau
Memory of Victims Everywhere (MOVE)
Citizens for Law & Order
Former California State Fire Marshall Ron Coleman
Mike Reynolds – Author, Three Strikes Law
J. Michael Lehmann – State Prosecutor
Tracey Letteau – State Prosecutor
A. Scott Hayward – State Prosecutor
Richard Moskowitz – State Prosecutor
Rama Maline – State Prosecutor
Paul Roadarmel – State Prosecutor
Alan Tate – State Prosecutor
Timothy Weiner – State Prosecutor
Sheriff Bob Brooks - Ventura County
Sheriff Michael Carona – Orange County
Sheriff Bob Doyle – Riverside County
Sheriff Gary Penrod – San Bernardino County
Sheriff Charles Plummer – Alameda County
Sheriff Keith Royal – Nevada County
Undersheriff John McGinness – Sacramento County
George Booth – District Attorney, Mono County
Greg Cohen – District Attorney, Tehama County
Ed Jagels - District Attorney, Kern County
Mike Ramos – District Attorney, San Bernardino County
Michael Riese - District Attorney, Del Norte County
Thomas Reeves – Prosecutor, City of Long Beach
Robert Shannon – City Attorney, City of Long Beach
Chief Richard Bull – City of Ripon
Chief Ron Engels – City of La Verne
Chief Burnham Matthews – City of Alameda
Chief Bruce Olson – City of Vernon
Chief Manuel Ortega – City of Bell Gardens
Chief Craig Steckler – City of Fremont
Chief Rick TerBorch – City of Arroyo Grande
Fire Chief Ron Collier – Windsor Fire Department

Local Government

Supervisor R. J. Beeler – Butte County
Supervisor Curt Josiassen – Butte County
Supervisor Kim Yamaguchi – Butte County
Supervisor Paul Stein - Calaveras County
Supervisor Doug White – Colusa County
Supervisor Charlie Paine - El Dorado County
Supervisor Keith Hansen - Glenn County
Supervisor Tony Oliveira – Kings County
Supervisor Jack Hanson – Lassen County
Supervisor Vern Moss – Madera County
Supervisor Sue Horne – Nevada County
Supervisor Ted Gaines – Placer County
Supervisor Robert Weygandt - Placer County
Supervisor William Dennison – Plumas County
Supervisor B.J. Pearson – Plumas County
Supervisor Marion Ashley – Riverside County
Supervisor John Tavaglione – Riverside County
Supervisor Paul Biane – San Bernardino County
Supervisor Greg Cox – San Diego County
Supervisor Bill Horn – San Diego County
Supervisor Dianne Jacob - San Diego County
Supervisor Ron Roberts – San Diego County
Supervisor Pam Slater – San Diego County
Supervisor Jack Sieglock – San Joaquin County
Supervisor Jim Gray – Santa Barbara County
Supervisor Don Gage – Santa Clara County
Supervisor Marcia Armstrong – Siskiyou County
Supervisor Lynnel Pollock – Yolo County
Treasurer Paul McDonnell - Riverside County
Mayor Jim Nehmans – City of Adelanto
Vice Mayor Paul Talbot – City of Alhambra
Councilmember Carmen Vali-Cave – City of Aliso Viejo
Mayor Jim Davis – City of Antioch
Councilmember James Conley – City Antioch
Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Maki – City Auburn
Councilmember Kevin Hanley – City of Auburn
Mayor Ralph Morrow – City of Avalon
Mayor Pro Tem Timothy Winslow – City of Avalon
Councilmember David Hardison – City of Azusa
Councilmember Dick Stanford – City of Azusa
Vice Mayor David Couch – City of Bakersfield
Councilmember Jacquie Sullivan – City of Bakersfield
Councilmember Frank Crom – City of Bishop
Councilmember Marty Simonoff – City of Brea
Councilmember Joe Galligan – City of Burlingame
Mayor James Bozajian – City of Calabasas
Councilmember Charlotte Craven – City of Camarillo
Councilmember Gregory Gandrud - City of Carpenteria
Mayor George Stettler - Cathedral City
Councilmember Charles England – Cathedral City
Councilmember John Crawley – City of Cerritos
Mayor Gary Larson – City of Chino Hills
Councilmember Ed Graham – City of Chino Hills
Councilmember John McCann - City of Chula Vista
Mayor William Hughes – City of Citrus Heights
Councilmember Roberta MacGlashan – City of Citrus Heights
Councilmember Bill Walcutt – City of Clayton
Councilmember Peggy Smith – City of Clearlake
Councilmember Jesse Vallarreal – City of Coachella
Councilmember John Mitchell – City of Colton
Mayor Michael Lappert – City of Corte Madera
Councilmember Toni Parkins – City of Corning
Mayor Gary Monahan – City of Costa Mesa
Mayor Walt Allen – City of Covina
Councilmember Peggy Delach – City of Covina
Councilmember Richard Lowenthal - City of Cupertino
Councilmember Karen Stepper – City of Danville
Councilmember Jill Orr – City of Dixon
Mayor Sophia Scherman – City of Elk Grove
Councilmember Dan Briggs – City of Elk Grove
Mayor Jerome Stocks - City of Encinitas
Councilmember James Bond – City of Encinitas
Councilmember Dan Dalager – City of Encinitas
Councilmember Christy Guerin – City of Encinitas
Mayor Pro Tem Ed Alves – City of Escalon
Councilmember Ed Gallo – City of Escondido
Mayor Leon Ooley – City of Exeter
Mayor Steve Miklos - City of Folsom
Mayor Mark Nuaimi – City of Fontana
Mayor Pro Tem Janice Rutherford – City of Fontana
Councilmember John Robert – City of Fontana
Councilmember Acquanetta Warren – City of Fontana
Mayor Mel Berti – City of Fortuna
Councilmember Larry Crandall – City of Fountain Valley
Mayor Alan Autry – City of Fresno
Councilmember Jerry Duncan - City of Fresno
Mayor Pro Tem Mike Clesceri – City of Fullerton
Councilmember William Dalton – City of Garden Grove
Councilmember Bea Cortes – City of Grand Terrace
Mayor Frank Cook - City of Gridley
Vice Mayor Lisa Wittke-Schaffner – City of Healdsburg
Mayor Lori Van Arsdale – City of Hemet
Councilmember Robert Meadows – City of Hemet
Councilmember Robin Reeser- Lowe - City of Hemet
Mayor Edward Escareno – City of Huntington Park
Mayor Robert Bernheimer – City of Indian Wells
Councilmember Ed Monarch – City of Indian Wells
Councilmember Conrad Negron – City of Indian Wells
Councilmember Christina Shea – City of Irvine
Mayor Steven Del Guercio – City of La Canada
Councilmember Gregory Brown – City of La Canada
Councilmember James Gomez – City of La Habra
Vice Mayor Ernest Ewin - City of La Mesa
Councilmember Dave Allan – City of La Mesa
Councilmember Terry Henderson – City of La Quinta
Councilmember Ron Perkins – City of La Quinta
Councilmember Stanley Sniff – City of La Quinta
Councilmember Steven Johnson – City of La Verne
Councilmember Melody Carruth – City of Laguna Hills
Councilmember Cathryn DeYoung – City of Laguna Niguel
Mayor Pamela Brinley – City of Lake Elsinore
Councilmember Marcia Rudolph – City of Lake Forest
Vice Mayor Henry Hearns – City of Lancaster
Councilmember Tom Cosgrove – City of Lincoln
Mayor Ed Murray – City of Lindsay
Councilmember Robert Ziprick – City of Loma Linda
Vice Mayor Frank Colona – City of Long Beach
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Ucovich – Town of Loomis
Councilmember Ronald Bates – City of Los Alamitos
Councilmember Fred Freeman – City of Los Alamitos
Mayor M.J. Nabors – City of Madera
Mayor Willie Weatherford – City of Manteca
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Morrison – City of Marina
Mayor Rob Schroeder - City of Martinez
Mayor Pro Tem Lee Duboc – City of Menlo Park
Councilmember William Craycraft - City of Mission Viejo
Mayor Robert Hammond – City of Monrovia
Councilmember Carolyn Raft – City of Montclair
Vice Mayor Erin Garner – City of Monte Sereno
Mayor William Yates – City of Morro Bay
Mayor Michael Kasperzak – City of Mountain View
Vice Mayor Anthony Frazier – City of Needles
Mayor Steven Bromberg – City of Newport Beach
Mayor Harvey Sullivan – City of Norco
Councilmember Frank Hall – City of Norco
Councilmember Herb Higgins – City of Norco
Treasurer Joe Yew – City of Oakland
Mayor Mike Murphy – City of Orange
Councilmember Mike Alvarez – City of Orange
Vice Mayor David Gasperson – City of Pacific Grove
Councilmember Jim Ferguson – City of Palm Desert
Mayor James Ueford – City of Palmdale
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Dispenza – City of Palmdale
Councilmember Richard Loa – City of Palmdale
Councilmember Richard Norris – City of Palmdale
Mayor Daryl Busch – City of Perris
Councilmember John Motte – City of Perris
Councilmember Kay Ayala – City of Pleasanton
Councilmember Dan Rodriguez – City of Pomona
Mayor Mickey Cafagna – City of Poway
Councilmember Betty Rexford – City of Poway
Mayor Dave Roberts – City of Rancho Cordova
Mayor Pro Tem Linda Budge – City of Rancho Cordova
Councilmember David Sander – City of Rancho Cordova
Councilmember Alan Seman – City of Rancho Mirage
Mayor Gregory Nill – City of Redondo Beach
Councilmember Colleen Jordan – Redwood City
Councilmember Dan Prince – City of Ripon
Councilmember Ed Adkison – City of Riverside
Vice Mayor Brett Storey – City of Rocklin
Councilmember James Black – City of Rolling Hills
Mayor Rocky Rockholm – City of Roseville
Councilmember Robbie Waters – City of Sacramento
Councilmember Neil Derry – City of San Bernardino
Vice Mayor Chris Pallace – City of San Bruno
Councilmember Jim Dahl – City of San Clemente
Councilmember Jim Madaffer – City of San Diego
Mayor David Gutierrez – City of San Gabriel
Mayor Jim Ayres - City of San Jacinto
Councilmember Dale Stubblefield – City of San Jacinto
Mayor F.H. Smith – City of San Marcos
Vice Mayor Mike Preston – City of San Marcos
Councilmember Lee Thibadeau – City of San Marcos
Mayor Cameron Smyth – City of Santa Clarita
Mayor Pro Tem Leo Trujillo – City of Santa Maria
Mayor Randy Voepel - City of Santee
Mayor Nick Stacit – City of Saratoga
Councilmember Paul Marigonda – City of Scotts Valley
Mayor Tom Golich – City of Solana Beach
Vice Mayor Joe Kellejian – City of Solana Beach
Councilmember Hank Russell – City of Sonora
Councilmember Allen Co – City of South El Monte
Mayor David Shawver – City of Stanton
Vice Mayor Pete Sanchez – City of Suisun City
Councilmember Ed Grimes – City of Tehachapi
Mayor Ron Warner - City of Tehama
Councilmember Jeff Comerchero – City of Temecula
Mayor Dan Walker – City of Torrance
Councilmember Pat McIntyre – City of Torrance
Councilmember Paul Nowatka – City of Torrance
Councilmember Frank Scotto – City of Torrance
Mayor Pro Tem Tony Kawashima – City of Tustin
Councilmember Doug Davert – City of Tustin
Mayor John Pomierski – City of Upland
Mayor Pro Tem Ray Musser – City of Upland
Councilmember Tom Thomas – City of Upland
Vice Mayor Pauline Clancy – City of Vacaville
Councilmember Judy Ritter – City of Vista
Councilmember Mike Rothschild – City of Victorville
Mayor Joaquin Lim – City of Walnut
Mayor Pro Tem Tom King – City of Walnut
Mayor Judy Doering-Nielsen – City of Watsonville
Mayor Steve Herfert – City of West Covina
Councilmember Shelley Sanderson – City of West Covina
Mayor Pro Tem Russell Paris – City of Westminster
Vice Mayor Matt Rexroad – City of Woodland
Councilmember Neal Pearl – City of Woodland
Councilmember Karen Cartoscelli – Yuba City

California Republican Party

The Honorable Pete Wilson – Former Governor of California
The Honorable Richard Riordan – Former Mayor of Los Angeles
Congressman Darrell Issa – Former California GubernatorialCandidate
Bill Simon – Former California Gubernatorial Candidate
California Chamber of Commerce
California Black Chamber of Commerce
California Small Business Roundtable
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
California Republican County Chairmen’s Association
California State Firefighters’ Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
Western Growers Association
Small Manufacturers Association of California
Associated Builders & Contractors
The Latino Coalition
Seneca Network, Inc.
Iranian American Chamber of Commerce
Iranian American Republican Council of California
Filipino-American Republican Council of California
Chinese American Republican Council of California
Laotian American Republican Council of California
Vietnamese American Republican Council of California
California Republican National Hispanic Assembly
Japanese American Republicans
California Congress of Republicans
California Republican League
California Young Republicans
California Women’s Leadership Association
The New Majority Committee
Republican Leadership Council
Republican Women’s Caucus
Log Cabin Republicans of California
Coachella Valley Lincoln Club
Los Angeles County Lincoln Club
Northern California Lincoln Club
The Lincoln Club of Orange County
Riverside County Lincoln Club
Lincoln Club of San Diego
Lincoln Club of Santa Barbara
Ventura County Lincoln Club
Jim Conran, President-California Small Business Association
California Sportfishing Coalition
Former California Republican Party Chairman Al Bell
Former California Republican Party Chairman Truman Campbell
Former California Republican Party Chairman Tirso del Junco
Former California Republican Party Chairman John Herrington
Former California Republican Party Chairman Putnam Livermore
Former California Republican Party Chairman Gordon Luce
Former California Republican Party Chairman John McGraw
Former California Republican Party Chairman Michael Montgomery
Former California Republican Party Chairman Gaylord Parkinson
Former California Republican Party Chairman Ed Reinecke
Former California Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel
Former California Republican Party Chairman Frank Visco
California State Board of Equalization Vice Chairman Claude Parrish
California Republican Congressional Delegation
Congresswoman Mary Bono
Congressman Ken Calvert
Congressman Chris Cox
Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham
Congressman David Dreier
Congressman Jerry Lewis
Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon
Congressman Gary Miller
Congressman Devin Nunes
Congressman Doug Ose
Congressman George Radanovich
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Bill Thomas
State Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte
State Senator Roy Ashburn
State Senator Jim Battin
State Senator Jeff Denham
State Senator Ross Johnson
State Senator William “Pete” Knight
State Senator Bob Margett
State Senator Bruce McPherson
State Senator Chuck Poochigian
Assembly Republican Leader Dave Cox
Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian
Assemblywoman Patricia Bates
Assemblyman John Benoit
Assemblyman Russ Bogh
Assemblyman John Campbell
Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher
Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia
Assemblyman Ray Haynes
Assemblyman Tom Harman
Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
Assemblyman Guy Houston
Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa
Assemblyman Tim Leslie
Assemblyman Abel Maldonado
Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy
Assemblyman Robert Pacheco
Assemblyman George Plescia
Assemblyman Keith Richman
Assemblywoman Sharon Runner
Assemblyman Todd Spitzer
Assemblyman Mark Wyland

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September 30th, 2003


For the First Time in 85 years, CMTA Votes to Endorse for Governor

Sacramento, CA - - Breaking an 85 year tradition, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association’s Board of Directors voted today to endorse Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor. CMTA’s board recognized that Schwarzenegger is the candidate best equipped to promote a pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda; work to reduce the cost burden on employers; and halt the growth in government spending.

Since January 2001, California has lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs. These are the middle-income jobs that have been the backbone of California’s economy and pay an average of $55,000 per year.

“The state’s primary focus should be getting these people back to work,” said CMTA President Jack Stewart. “Unfortunately, Sacramento has been preoccupied lately with a job killing agenda that has added new regulatory costs and new work place mandates on employers, resulting in additional job losses.”

A recent study by the Milken Institute found that the cost of manufacturing in California is 32 percent higher than the average for the other 49 states.

“California can no longer afford an annual, helter-skelter barrage of taxes, fees and regulations. It needs a focused vision that will balance the needs of the employees and employers alike. We believe Mr. Schwarzenegger has the political will and courage to make it happen,” said Stewart. “California’s future is at stake, it’s time for bold leadership and that’s why the CMTA Board voted the way it did today.”

Stewart noted that the business community has been the “designated resource” for California’s spending spree for too long and pointed specifically to skyrocketing workers’ compensation costs, a pending explosion in the unemployment insurance tax rate, excessive electricity rate hikes for industrial customers and an increasing tax burden.

“Mr. Schwarzenegger understands the inherent need to keep families working in good, high paying jobs. California’s economy grows when our families are working and earning a fair wage. If we can provide the atmosphere to make that happen, state revenues will go up and the burden on state government will go down. It’s that simple and he gets it,” concluded Stewart.

CMTA did not take a position on the recall question.


The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (formerly the California Manufacturers Association) works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. For more than 86 years, CMTA has worked with state government to develop balanced laws, effective regulations and sound public policies to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs while safeguarding the state's environmental resources. CMTA represents businesses from the entire manufacturing community – an economic sector that generates more than $250 billion every year and employs more than 1.5 million Californians.


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August 21, 2003

NY Times Backrounder On Schwarzenegger

I sure hope he's not our next Governor, but his story is a pretty interesting one.

Schwarzenegger's Next Goal on Dogged, Ambitious Path

By Bernard Weinraub And Charlie Leduff for the NY Times.

Thirty-five years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger, an unknown Austrian bodybuilder who spoke only a few words of English, had little money and no acting experience, came to the United States and soon made a prediction: He would become a movie star, make millions of dollars, marry a glamorous wife and wield political power...

By all accounts, Mr. Schwarzenegger's drive to succeed was not merely an immigrant's classic up-by-the-bootstraps obsession. It was a calculated effort to turn himself into an invulnerable and powerful (physical and otherwise) figure. He was also a far cry from the skinny Austrian boy whose father, Gustav, a policeman and a one-time member of the Nazi Party, intimidated and sometimes beat him, favoring his other son, Menhard, according to published accounts of Mr. Schwarzenegger's life. (Mr. Schwarzenegger did not attend the funeral of his father in 1972, or that of his brother, who died in a car crash in 1971.)...

But the scrutiny of Mr. Schwarzenegger has only begun. So far he has not clarified his positions on most public issues, including offshore oil drilling, the state's budget crisis and immigration.

On abortion, however, he has said that he is for women's right to choose. On business, he has said he would bring more of it to the state to generate more revenue. And as for his economic view, Mr. Schwarzenegger was quoted in The Sacramento Bee as saying, "I still believe in lower taxes - and the power of the free market."...

The Los Angeles Times, in a recent investigation of his finances, estimated that his fortune far exceeded $200 million. This included real estate investments and a significant ownership in Dimensional Fund Advisors, a mutual fund company in Santa Monica that manages about $40 billion.

Mr. Schwarzenegger has climbed a social as well as political ladder. He used his early fame to get acquainted with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. When "Pumping Iron," was released, Mr. Schwarzenegger told the film's publicity agent, Bobby Zarem, that the one person he wanted to meet was Mrs. Onassis. Mr. Zarem spoke to a friend who worked for Mrs. Onassis. A luncheon meeting was arranged at Elaine's in New York to introduce the relatively unknown Mr. Schwarzenegger to Mrs. Onassis, Andy Warhol and others. A photograph of Mr. Schwarzenegger talking to Mrs. Onassis was widely distributed, and his celebrity grew...

Mr. Butler, who still keeps in touch with Mr. Schwarzenegger, put it another way. "Arnold is one of the most political people I've ever met," Mr. Butler said. "Everything he does is political. He has an uncanny ability to go to a meeting, get into an elevator, sit down with people in a restaurant, and immediately assess their strengths and weakness. He manipulates."...

Mr. Schwarzenegger's campaign team for the run for governor consists of Mr. Wilson, a Republican whose support for rigid measures to combat illegal immigration contrasted with his moderate approach to abortion and other social issues, and some senior members of his old Sacramento crew, including Bob White, his longtime strategist.

Mr. Schwarzenegger has drawn other powerful and well-know figures to his cause. Warren Buffett, the billionaire financier and a friend of Mr. Schwarzenegger, came aboard as a financial consultant, and George P. Shultz, secretary of state under President Reagan and friend of Mr. Wilson from the Hoover Institute, is helping the campaign...

Mr. Schwarzenegger did not vote in the last two presidential elections, according to election records. And over the last 20 years he has given more money to Democrats than Republicans, albeit all of the Democrats are Kennedys...

Some Republican conservatives have held back in supporting Mr. Mr. Schwarzenegger's candidacy. On social policies, at least, Mr. Schwarzenegger seems to hold views that conflict with hard-cover conservatives in the party. His outlook can best be summed up in an interview he gave to The Sunday Telegraph magazine in November 1999 in which he admonished his party members to alter their approach.

The Republican Party, Mr. Schwarzenegger said, "is going to lose until you become a party of inclusion." He went on to say, "that you love the foreigner that comes in with no money, as much as a gay person, as a lesbian person, as anyone else - someone who is uneducated, someone who's from the inner-city."

Lisa's voting NO on the Recall and YES on Cruz Bustamante.

Here is the full text of the article in case the link goes bad:

Schwarzenegger's Next Goal on Dogged, Ambitious Path

By Bernard Weinraub And Charlie Leduff

The New York Times

Sunday 17 August 2003

LOS ANGELES - Thirty-five years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger, an unknown Austrian bodybuilder who spoke only a few words of English, had little money and no acting experience, came to the United States and soon made a prediction: He would become a movie star, make millions of dollars, marry a glamorous wife and wield political power.

As far-fetched as some of his aspirations might have seemed to some, all of Mr. Schwarzenegger's predictions have come true - except the last.

In stepping into the bizarre race to recall California's governor, Mr. Schwarzenegger, the 56-year-old former Mr. Universe, is seeking to fulfill what he called his "master plan" as he once sat talking with bodybuilder friends at an International House of Pancakes in Santa Monica.

By all accounts, Mr. Schwarzenegger's drive to succeed was not merely an immigrant's classic up-by-the-bootstraps obsession. It was a calculated effort to turn himself into an invulnerable and powerful (physical and otherwise) figure. He was also a far cry from the skinny Austrian boy whose father, Gustav, a policeman and a one-time member of the Nazi Party, intimidated and sometimes beat him, favoring his other son, Menhard, according to published accounts of Mr. Schwarzenegger's life. (Mr. Schwarzenegger did not attend the funeral of his father in 1972, or that of his brother, who died in a car crash in 1971.)

"What fascinated Arnold was money and power, and what money and power bestow on an individual," said George Butler, producer and director of "Pumping Iron," the 1976 documentary that became Mr. Schwarzenegger's first successful film.

"The past meant nothing to Arnold because it was over," Mr. Butler said. "He never looked over his shoulder. This is a man of bottomless ambition. It's always been there. Nothing's happened in the last few days that hasn't happened before. He sees himself as almost mystically sent to America."

Mr. Schwarzenegger has long-professed an interest in politics but his run for governor is coming as his movie career is ebbing. From 1982, with the release of "Conan the Barbarian," to 1991, when "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," was distributed, Mr. Schwarzenegger was one of the world's top stars.

But "Last Action Hero," 1992, was a costly flop that began a career slide for Mr. Schwarzenegger. As he grew older, Mr. Schwarzenegger performed in a series of comedies: "Twins" was successful but "Junior" and "Jingle All the Way" were not. More recently, his action films - "Collateral Damage," "The 6th Day" and "End of Days" - were box office disappointments. His current film, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," has taken in more than $145 million at the box office, but its high costs may not make it very profitable in the United States.

His insatiable appetite for success and his impeccable sense of timing have led him to this moment, says his best friend and former workout partner, Franco Columbu. "He knows how to leave the stage on top," Mr. Columbu said. "He's looking to invent something new."

As a public figure, Mr. Schwarzenegger has a recognizable name that gives him an enormous advantage over most of the 134 other candidates who have been certified to run in the Oct. 7 recall election to replace Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat.

But the scrutiny of Mr. Schwarzenegger has only begun. So far he has not clarified his positions on most public issues, including offshore oil drilling, the state's budget crisis and immigration.

On abortion, however, he has said that he is for women's right to choose. On business, he has said he would bring more of it to the state to generate more revenue. And as for his economic view, Mr. Schwarzenegger was quoted in The Sacramento Bee as saying, "I still believe in lower taxes - and the power of the free market."

Mr. Schwarzenegger is also facing nagging questions about his personal life as well as on the details of his finances.

A detailed profile in 2001 in Premiere Magazine accused Mr. Schwarzenegger of being a habitual womanizer, behaving crudely and cheating on his wife, Maria Shriver. Mr. Schwarzenegger dismissed the assertions as "trash."

The Los Angeles Times, in a recent investigation of his finances, estimated that his fortune far exceeded $200 million. This included real estate investments and a significant ownership in Dimensional Fund Advisors, a mutual fund company in Santa Monica that manages about $40 billion.

Mr. Schwarzenegger has climbed a social as well as political ladder. He used his early fame to get acquainted with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. When "Pumping Iron," was released, Mr. Schwarzenegger told the film's publicity agent, Bobby Zarem, that the one person he wanted to meet was Mrs. Onassis. Mr. Zarem spoke to a friend who worked for Mrs. Onassis. A luncheon meeting was arranged at Elaine's in New York to introduce the relatively unknown Mr. Schwarzenegger to Mrs. Onassis, Andy Warhol and others. A photograph of Mr. Schwarzenegger talking to Mrs. Onassis was widely distributed, and his celebrity grew.

"He took seriously his ability to charm and coax people and do exactly what he wanted," Mr. Zarem said. "He knew 25 years ago where he was going."

Mr. Butler, who still keeps in touch with Mr. Schwarzenegger, put it another way. "Arnold is one of the most political people I've ever met," Mr. Butler said. "Everything he does is political. He has an uncanny ability to go to a meeting, get into an elevator, sit down with people in a restaurant, and immediately assess their strengths and weakness. He manipulates."

Stress and Fantasy Growing Up

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria, near Graz, and grew up there. His mother was a homemaker.

Wendy Leigh, author of an unauthorized biography of the actor, wrote this year in an Australian newspaper that the elder Mr. Schwarzenegger had a "brutal temper" and "gloried in pitting his two sons against each other." Arnold usually came out the loser in these boxing and running matches. Mr. Schwarzenegger has said that he was raised "under great discipline."

As a boy, Mr. Schwarzenegger found escape in the movie house and became a fan of Reg Park, a body builder who starred in B Hercules movies. Mr. Schwarzenegger would model his life after Mr. Park's. In his 1977 biography, "Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder," Mr. Schwarzenegger said that Mr. Park became his fantasy "father figure."

Mr. Schwarzenegger said his parents ridiculed him and called his dreams of building his body and becoming a movie star a lazy and nonsensical pursuit. "It was a very uptight feeling at home," Mr. Schwarzenegger said in "Pumping Iron." "I always felt I belonged in America."

Mr. Schwarzenegger's luck turned when he met Joe Weider, who had built a worldwide fitness empire and was the power behind the International Federation of Body Building, which sponsored contests like Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia. Impressed with Mr. Schwarzenegger's charm and humor, convinced that Mr. Schwarzenegger was the kind of figure who could turn bodybuilding into a mainstream sport, Mr. Weider brought him to America in 1968.

"I knew, and he knew, that he could be great," Mr. Weider said. "We created Arnold. He was special because he was tall, he had willpower, charm and above all he wanted to win."

At 20, Mr. Schwarzenegger became the youngest man to win the Mr. Universe title, the sport's top amateur prize. (He went on to win four more Mr. Universe crowns.) But initially he could not beat Sergio Oliva, for the professional title, Mr. Olympia. He finally dethroned Mr. Oliva in 1969 at a body building competition held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Mr. Schwarzenegger's movie debut in 1970 was inauspicious. It was the now-forgotten "Hercules in New York" or sometimes called "Hercules Goes Bananas." For the movie, he was renamed Arnold Strong, and played opposite the diminutive actor, Arnold Stang.

Early Appeal of Republicans

Television stirred Mr. Schwarzenegger's interest in politics, and in particular, Republicans. Mr. Columbu said that he and Mr. Schwarzenegger began watching television news in the late 1960's and decided that Republicans were far more appealing than Democrats.

The Democrats, Mr. Columbu said, reminded them of the dreary socialism they had left behind in Europe. The Republicans, he said they felt, were about hard work, self-sufficiency and a muscular foreign policy.

"We were mad at Europe," said Mr. Columbu, who was born in Sardinia. "We were coming here because we thought America was better than Europe. We liked Nixon because he told Europe it had to pull its weight. Basically, Europe was old and you couldn't get anywhere there. America was the place."

In the early 1980's Mr. Columbu, now a chiropractor, invited one of his patients, Dana Rohrabacher, a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, to have dinner with the action hero.

"When I first met him, he talked about how much he loved America, how much he admired Reagan," said Mr. Rohrabacher, now a congressman from Huntington Beach. "I remember him saying, `Dana, some day I'm going to be governor of California and I'm going to call you.' I knew he was a guy going places."

Mr. Schwarzenegger's film stardom led him to meet top Republicans like Mr. Reagan, Vice President George Bush and Pete Wilson, then a senator from California and eventually the governor. Although he keeps a bust of Mr. Reagan in his office, Mr. Schwarzenegger grew especially close to Mr. Bush, admiring his pragmatism and world view and regular style of speech.

Mr. Schwarzenegger's campaign team for the run for governor consists of Mr. Wilson, a Republican whose support for rigid measures to combat illegal immigration contrasted with his moderate approach to abortion and other social issues, and some senior members of his old Sacramento crew, including Bob White, his longtime strategist.

Mr. Schwarzenegger has drawn other powerful and well-know figures to his cause. Warren Buffett, the billionaire financier and a friend of Mr. Schwarzenegger, came aboard as a financial consultant, and George P. Shultz, secretary of state under President Reagan and friend of Mr. Wilson from the Hoover Institute, is helping the campaign.

Also in the foreground is Mr. Schwarzenegger's wife, who is a network television journalist and a member of the Kennedy family, the paragons of Democratic Party politics. Ms. Shriver is said to provide the counterbalance to the Republican strategists. She was said to be displeased with the round of early television show appearances in which her sleepy-eyed husband kicked off his campaign the morning after announcing his intentions on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. As a consequence, Team Schwarzenegger was reshuffled.

"She's looking at it as his wife," said Sheri Annis, a former consultant to Mr. Schwarzenegger. "I don't think she's Hillary Clinton. She's looking to advance Arnold, not herself."

Mr. Schwarzenegger did not vote in the last two presidential elections, according to election records. And over the last 20 years he has given more money to Democrats than Republicans, albeit all of the Democrats are Kennedys.

Some Republican conservatives have held back in supporting Mr. Mr. Schwarzenegger's candidacy. On social policies, at least, Mr. Schwarzenegger seems to hold views that conflict with hard-cover conservatives in the party. His outlook can best be summed up in an interview he gave to The Sunday Telegraph magazine in November 1999 in which he admonished his party members to alter their approach.

The Republican Party, Mr. Schwarzenegger said, "is going to lose until you become a party of inclusion." He went on to say, "that you love the foreigner that comes in with no money, as much as a gay person, as a lesbian person, as anyone else - someone who is uneducated, someone who's from the inner-city."

Getting Into Power Clique

Mr. Schwarzenegger's thin political resumé includes a stint as chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness under the first President George Bush, and sponsor of last year's successful California ballot initiative Proposition 49, which channeled state money into after-school programs. It also introduced him into the Sacramento power clique.

He is involved in numerous charities, including the Special Olympics and the Inner-City Games.

Mr. Schwarzenegger has, in the past, admitted taking steroids to enhance his body building. In 1997, after Mr. Schwarzenegger had heart valve replacements, his doctor said that the damage was not caused by steroid use, but was rather a congenital defect.

Around 1990, at the time he was nominated by the first President Bush to lead the fitness council, and aware that he might seek a political future, Mr. Schwarzenegger went to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles in an attempt to gauge the political consequences of his father's past. He asked officials at the center to investigate his father's ties to the Nazi Party, during World War II.

"He said that for years his father served in World War II, and he wanted to know exactly what he did," recalled Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Rabbi Hier said investigators found that Mr. Schwarzenegger's father had tried to join the Nazi Party in 1938, and was accepted for membership in 1941. He said that investigators found no evidence that the elder Mr. Schwarzenegger had committed war crimes.

"Arnold said, `What did it mean to be a member of the Nazi Party?' " Rabbi Hier recalled. "I explained, `Look, any son who finds that his father was a member of the Nazi Party is not something to be proud of.' "

Since then, Rabbi Hier said, Mr. Schwarzenegger and his wife have become very supportive of the Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance. He said the couple had been the hosts of numerous fund-raising events at their home and had donated more than $1 million to the center.

"No other star has given that kind of money," Rabbi Hier. "He is a friend not only of the center but the state of Israel."

But Mr. Schwarzenegger and Ms. Shriver surprised their friends by inviting Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations secretary general, to their wedding in 1986. At the time, Mr. Waldheim, who was running for president of Austria, was denying accusations that he had concealed knowledge of war crimes committed by his German Army unit in World War II.

Mr. Waldheim did not attend the wedding, but sent the couple an elaborate gift - life-size papier-mâché statues of themselves.

Ms. Leigh wrote in her unauthorized biography of Mr. Schwarzenegger that he startled guests at his wedding with his nuptial toast: "My friends don't want me to mention Kurt's name, because of all the recent Nazi stuff and the U.N. controversy, but I love him and Maria does, too, and so thank you, Kurt."

Mr. Schwarzenegger, who lives with Ms. Shriver and their four children in an estate in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, is plainly confident that he will triumph in politics. Just as he has triumphed in body building and the movies. As he said in "Pumping Iron": "I was always dreaming of very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years."

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Schwarzenegger Apologizes For Past 'Offensive Behavior'

Republican Candidate Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

POSTED: 3:58 p.m. PDT October 2, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Even though recall election candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger denounced a Los Angeles Times report about alleged sexual misconduct as "trash politics," he issued an apology Thursday for what he called "offensive behavior" in his past.

"Yes, I have behaved badly sometimes. Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets, and I have done things which were not right. At the time, I thought it was playful, but now, I recognize that I offended people. And those people I offended, I want to say to them, I'm deeply sorry about that and I apologize," Schwarzenegger said at a gathering in San Diego to announce his statewide bus tour.

Schwarzenegger advisors suggested that Democrats had planted the story. But Gov. Gray Davis denied that his campaign had anything to do with it and declined to offer an opinion.

"There's a newspaper article. Voters will determine what significance to attach to that. And they'll determine what impact that'll have on the decision facing them next Tuesday," Davis said.

Schwarzenegger's apology is considered a textbook approach to defusing a controversy and stands in sharp contrast to his handling of a previous flap over a 1977 magazine interview in which he spoke of involvement with drugs and group sex and said, "I have no, I have no idea what you're talking about, no idea what you're talking about." Schwarzenegger later suggested he had made up the details in that interview.

Political experts point to former Rep. Gary Condit as an example of what can happen when allegations of misconduct are not addressed quickly. Condit was swept from office after he ducked questions for months about his relationship with intern Chandra Levy. But Schwarzenegger's apology doesn't end the matter. It cropped up Thursday at a Capitol press conference called to discuss a package of women's health bills.

"If Schwarzenegger becomes governor next week, it'll be a long time before we witness the signing of bills that benefit the women of California. In light of accusations that were made today in the LA Times, it's clear that Schwarzenegger is not safe for women, politically or personally," said California NOW spokeswoman Megan Seely.

In the meantime, Schwarzenegger's team denounced a move by labor groups Thursday to block his use of a $4 million loan as "desperate." A Sacramento judge set a December hearing to determine whether Schwarzenegger is breaking state campaign laws.

Schwarzenegger Outlines First 100 Days

Candidate Makes Sacramento Campaign Stop

POSTED: 4:05 p.m. PDT October 1, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger flexed his political muscles in Sacramento Wednesday in a brief appearance before an invited audience at the Memorial Auditorium -- not coincidentally the site of Gov. Gray Davis' two inaugurals.

Buoyed by a new Los Angeles Times poll showing that his support has surged since last week's debate, Schwarzennegger is turning his attention away from the campaign and outlined what the early days of his administration would look like.

"Here is what I would do in the first hundred days in office ... day one I would sign an executive order to repeal the Davis administration's tripling of the car tax. I can kill that tax with my signature alone and I will do exactly that," he said.

Schwarzenegger also said he would call a special session of the Legislature to cut spending and ask employee unions to take pay cuts.

What he did not say, is that those are all steps the Davis administration has already been pursing. He left the event without explaining what would be different, but the lack of specifics did not trouble members of the audience.

"He was giving us the broad brush strokes ... and it was wonderful," Sacramento resident Buzz Forward said.

"He's been very, very direct ... and certainly he doesn't have all the answers, but he has the most important ones," Fresno resident Pete Mehas said.

Outside the auditorium, labor groups and other activists made it clear that they believe Schwarzenegger's confidence is misplaced, and they're pushing for a strong turnout in hopes of staging a final surprise next week.

"We are opposed to this recall and we are opposed to Schwarzenegger, because Schwarzenegger has a fundamental disrespect for women and their rights," Janice Rocco, California National Organization For Women spokeswoman Janice Rocco said.

Schwarzenegger also said he would seek to capture a percentage of revenues from Indian gaming and renegotiate state employee union contracts.

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Poll Shows Strong Support For Recall

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10-3-03 -= Latest Developments AP Photo Schwarzenegger Loses Paper's Endorsement

(AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger sought to shake off allegations of sexual misbehavior that cost him at least one newspaper endorsement Saturday as he and the other gubernatorial candidates leaped into their final weekend of campaigning. The Oakland Tribune withdrew its endorsement of Schwarzenegger on Saturday, saying the sexual harassment allegations indicate "a pattern of recurring abuse and boorish behavior that in different circumstances could have led to assault charges."

California Recall a Referendum on Schwarzenegger

By Gina Keating and Adam Tanner, Reuters

SAN DIEGO/PLEASANTON, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2003) - California Gov. Gray Davis charged into the final stage of the state's wild recall battle Sunday energized by charges of sexism and Nazi sympathies against Arnold Schwarzenegger, his chief rival for the state's top job.


Schwarzenegger campaigns in Modesto, Calif., days before the Oct. 7 recall election.

What began as a grass roots protest over Davis' handling of the state's ailing economy has become a referendum on the bodybuilder turned Hollywood star, dogged by allegations that he repeatedly groped women and admired Adolf Hitler.

Davis stopped short Saturday of calling for a criminal investigation of the former Mr. Universe, but warned a women's forum in Oakland, Calif., the state may be on the verge of saddling itself with a governor with a criminal past. Groping is viewed as criminal sexual assault in California.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has accused Davis and others of waging "puke politics" and trying to "torpedo my campaign."

Davis appeared emboldened by an internal poll suggesting support for the recall -- though still just above 50 percent -- is slipping as the heat remains on Schwarzenegger, with 48 percent opposed in the poll of 500 registered voters.

"I feel good about this campaign," Davis told Reuters in an interview in San Diego Saturday evening. "Elections are always a leap of faith. ... This has been a crazy election. There have been some wild swings."

"Mr. Schwarzenegger ... got in trouble because of his own behavior and he shouldn't look to anyone else to blame."

A separate poll released Saturday by the San Jose Mercury showed support for the recall at 54 percent, with 35 percent favoring Schwarzenegger to replace Davis and 27 percent backing Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante.


Schwarzenegger finishes a four-day bus tour Sunday in Sacramento after a tumultuous and often surreal barn-storming trek across the state characterized by revelation and rumor.

One highlight of his Sunday rally will be a performance by the lead singer of Twisted Sister of "We're not Going to Take It," the campaign's official rock anthem.

Amid sporadic protests following reports he had groped at least 11 women, Schwarzenegger brought his wife, television journalist Maria Shriver and niece of President John Kennedy, to add some star power as he battles the wave of bad press.

The Hitler revelations stem from remarks Schwarzenegger made to a friend in 1975. He was quoted as saying he admired the wartime German dictator "because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power."

"And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people and so on. But I didn't admire him for what he did with it," he was quoted as saying.

At a late afternoon rally in Pleasanton in the liberal San Francisco Bay area, five women shouted out protests throughout his last speech of the day. "No groper for governor," they said. "No Nazi for governor."

In Tuesday's vote, Californians will decide whether they will oust Davis in the second such recall in U.S. history. The second part of the ballot lists 135 replacement candidates. The Austrian-born actor, whose father was a member of the Nazi party, recently said he has always despised Hitler and the Nazis. He has also been a major benefactor of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish foundation dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and spreading a message of tolerance.

10/05/03 00:03 ET

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10-15-03 - DREAM

Hi Dee, Had an awful nightmare last night - that Arnold S. was the bringer of war. I somehow got into a theater where he was both acting (as Star) ad governing in reality, and all around him were evil powerful men and machines of destruction. Another scary thing i wish I had not seen was a pic of the once vibrant Eunice Shriver, now skeletal, at the governator's campaign. Yiiii!


Schwarzenegger Argues for White House Run

WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2004 ) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, making his Sunday talk show debut as governor, said that he and other foreign-born citizens should be eligible to run for the White House and that President Bush can carry California in November if he does more to help the state.

The Austrian-born former bodybuilder, in the capital for his first meeting with fellow governors, said he has not thought about running for president in the future. The Constitution says only natural-born citizens of the United States are eligible for the country's highest office.

The Republican governor said anyone who has been a U.S. citizen for at least 20 years - as he has - should ''absolutely'' be able to seek the presidency. A constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would make that possible.

''There are so many people in this country that are now from overseas, that are immigrants, that are doing such a terrific job with their work, bringing businesses here, that there's no reason why not,'' said Schwarzenegger, who became a U.S. citizen in 1983.

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Schwarzenegger said Bush can carry California in the upcoming election.

''Look at the kind of contribution that people like Henry Kissinger have made, Madeleine Albright,'' he said, referring to two former secretaries of state who were born in Europe.

Schwarzenegger said on NBC's ''Meet the Press' that he has been too busy with California's problems to contemplate a future run for the White House. ''I have no idea, I haven't thought about that at all,'' he said.

Schwarzenegger reaffirmed his opposition to the gay marriages that are taking place in San Francisco. He said Mayor Gavin Newsom's refusal to obey the state's law against same-sex marriages could set a bad precedent.

On Friday, the governor said he had directed California's attorney general to take action to stop the marriages.

''In San Francisco it is license for marriage of same sex. Maybe the next thing is another city that hands out licenses for assault weapons and someone else hands out licenses for selling drugs, I mean you can't do that,'' Schwarzenegger said on NBC.

''We have to stay within the law. There's a state law that says specific things, and if you want to challenge those laws then you can go to the court,'' he said.

Schwarzenegger, who was sworn in Nov. 17 after winning a special election to replace recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, is making his first visit to Washington since taking office.

He is attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. State leaders were to meet with Bush at the White House on Monday.

Schwarzenegger campaigned during last year's recall election on a pledge to be ''the Collectinator'' - a play on his role in the ''Terminator'' movies - and get more money for California from the federal government. Bush's budget, however, did little to help the state.

Schwarzenegger said he did not feel let down by the president and said Bush can win California in November - if he does more to help the state financially. Bush lost California by 1.3 million votes to Democrat Al Gore in 2000.

''I think it is totally directly related to how much he will do for our state, there's no two ways about it,'' Schwarzenegger said. ''Because Californian people are like a mirror, you know that what you do for them they will do back for you,'' Schwarzenegger said.

''If the federal government does great things for California this year I think there's no two ways about it, that President Bush can have California, he can be elected, I'm absolutely convinced of that.''

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Maria Shriver: 'This Is a Painful and Heartbreaking Time'

By PopEater Staff Posted May 17th 2011 01:04PM
Maria Shriver has asked for compassion and privacy just hours after it was revealed that her husband of 25 years, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, had fathered a child with a member of their household staff.

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver said in a statement to the media. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."

They have four children, ranging in age from 13 to 21.

The former California governor had similar sentiment in comments to the Los Angeles Times earlier Tuesday. "I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."

Shriver reportedly moved out of the couple's house earlier this year after Schwarzenegger revealed to her that he was the father of a staff member's child.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday in a statement. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."

The woman with whom Schwarzenegger had the affair reportedly worked in the family's home for the past 20 years, and retired this past January. Though her name has not been released, she told the Times that she left voluntarily and received severance pay.

"I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire," she said, adding that she "left on good terms with them."

Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced their seemingly shocking separation just last week.