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* 2004 California Democrat State Convention reports *
San Jose Mercury News/Associated Press | 16, 17 January 2004 | various

Posted on 01/17/2004 3:16:11 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture

Lockyer apologizes for `frat boy' description (booed for voting for Arnold) *** Calif. Democrats Pledge to Re-Elect Boxer (Bush officials compared to vegetables) *** State Demos fix sights on 2004 (Lyndon LaRouche Jr. stages sit-in) ***

Posted on Sat, Jan. 17, 2004

Lockyer apologizes for `frat boy' description

By Dion Nissenbaum
Mercury News

Standing before a large group of skeptical Democratic women, Attorney General Bill Lockyer apologized Friday night for describing allegations that Arnold Schwarzenegger had sexually harassed several women before he became governor as ``frat boy behavior.''

``Anyone that I offended I apologize to,'' Locker told more than 300 women gathered at the San Jose Convention Center for the annual state Democratic Convention. ``It was the wrong choice of words and I recognize that.''

The attorney general and prospective candidate for governor in 2006 has come under fire from fellow Democrats since he admitted last fall that he broke ranks and voted for Schwarzenegger in the recall that ousted Gov. Gray Davis.

At that time, Lockyer downplayed as misguided ``frat boy behavior'' allegations that Schwarzenegger had groped or mistreated nearly two dozen women.

``I frankly screwed up and used the wrong language the wrong way,'' said Lockyer, who was briefly booed and jeered after mentioning his vote for the Republican actor.

Lockyer said he had no regrets about voting for Schwarzenegger, who has been criticized by other Democrats for proposing deep cuts to higher education and social services to balance the budget.


Posted on Sat, Jan. 17, 2004

Calif. Democrats Pledge to Re-Elect Boxer

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A noticeably subdued group of California Democrats opened its annual convention Saturday, pledging to re-elect Sen. Barbara Boxer and defeat President Bush in November.

But the recall race that bounced Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in October in favor of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger cast a long shadow across the convention hall. It left speakers struggling for a message to motivate activists after the party's most humiliating defeat in years.

"Our governor may have been recalled, but our party has not been. Our governor may have been recalled, but our values have not been," Party Chairman Art Torres told the gathering of 1,600 delegates.

Democrats, who at last year's convention celebrated a sweep of all statewide offices in the 2002 election, tried to cast a positive light on their newly diminished status. They still hold all other statewide offices and control both houses of the Legislature.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer tried his hand at humor with a slide show comparing various Bush administration officials to vegetables. He depicted Bush political strategist Karl Rove as a clove of garlic.

"He's a bulbous operative whose smell is everywhere," Lockyer said.

But State Treasurer Phil Angelides, a likely candidate for governor in 2006 who has positioned himself as an aggressive opponent to Schwarzenegger in recent weeks, called the recall "the elephant in the room" that Democrats were reluctant to discuss.

Other Democrats agreed the party must confront its lessons.

"The loss of the governor's office was a staggering blow to this party - there is no other way to put it," Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said in an interview. "We need to go back to fundamental principles, develop alternative programs and let people know where we stand on important issues."

Speakers took aim at Schwarzenegger's budget proposal, which proposes major cuts to social service programs, including health care and welfare.

"Character is determined by actions, not words," said Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who lost badly to Schwarzenegger in the recall election. "When the governor presented his budget, we saw his true character."

Democrats are divided over how to address Schwarzenegger's key priority: a $15 billion bond measure to pay down the state's debt that will be decided by voters on the March 2 ballot.

"It is not the right thing to do, but we have yet to develop an alternative," Garamendi said.


Posted on Sat, Jan. 17, 2004

State Demos fix sights on 2004


By Dion Nissenbaum
Mercury News

California Democrats gathered in San Jose on Friday to put last fall's stinging loss of the governor's office behind them and turn their sights on the even tougher battle ahead: reclaiming the White House in November.

With President Bush leading all challengers in national polls, choosing the strongest one is a top priority for the 1,600 delegates who converged on the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Most of the presidential candidates opted out of the convention as they prepare for the crucial first battles Monday in Iowa and Jan. 27 in New Hampshire.

Only Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio turned up to deliver a passionate appeal for support.

``Let this convention be the beginning of a resurgence of this party,'' Kucinich told about 300 Democrats. ``Let this convention be a new beginning for the people of America.''

This week's Field Poll showed former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean holding a comfortable lead over his closest challenger, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, although the contest is expected to narrow before the state's March 2 primary.

Dean has established himself as the front-runner by building an energized grass-roots team that has won over many of the party leaders.

Clark's son, Wesley Jr., moved through the meetings Friday night with a pitch for delegates to support his father.

Speaking to young Democrats who have provided Dean with much of his support, Clark, 34, urged the liberal activists to consider which candidate has the best chance of winning moderate voters in November.

But Dean supporter Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County dismissed the conventional wisdom that Dean is too liberal, too untested and too candid to defeat Bush this fall.

``He is energizing people; he's bringing a new group of people into the process and we cannot run the same campaign we have run over and over,'' she said. ``We will lose that way to George Bush.''

The convention got off to a raucous start Friday when 100 supporters of perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. staged a sit-in in the convention hall after being shut out of the young Democrats' meeting.

Organizers said they barred the LaRouche activists because they disrupted last year's meeting.

Today, the convention focus will turn to state races. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Republican target whose re-election is the state party's top priority, will address the delegates.

Democrats will also hear from leaders looking to fill the power vacuum created when Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was ousted in last fall's recall. Davis will be honored for his two decades as a party leader, but most eyes will be on the new leaders vying to run for governor in 2006: State Treasurer Phil Angelides, Controller Steve Westly and Attorney General Bill Lockyer.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: angelides; boxer; bustamante; caldemconvention; calgov2002; clark; davis; dean; garamendi; kucinich; larouche; lockyer; schwarzenegger; torres; wesley; westly
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To: SierraWasp
Attaboy, calcowgirl!!! How do you find stuff like that so danged fast???
You musta rode that search engine hard and put'er away wet!!!

It's a secret ;-)

21 posted on 01/17/2004 7:30:48 PM PST by calcowgirl (No on Propositions 55, 56, 57, 58)
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To: tubebender
They remind me of the groupies of the school house bully looking for a life after their idol had his ass kicked by the new kid on the block...

Ya!!! That recall was a heck of a lot of fun even with the intense flame wars here!

I think we need to do it again with some of the far left demoncratic legislatures!!!

22 posted on 01/17/2004 8:54:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SierraWasp; Ernest_at_the_Beach; RonDog; Dog Gone; William Creel
I wish I could remember the screan name of the FReepette that was encouraging folks to support John Garamendi for Governor, during the Recall!!! I'm lousy with names and stayed off those threads. Hope you find out who it was.
23 posted on 01/17/2004 10:00:06 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
"Hope you find out who it was."

See #11

24 posted on 01/18/2004 8:42:05 AM PST by SierraWasp (America is our house! Throwing open the door to trespassers is wrong and everybody knows it !!!)
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Former Gov. Gray Davis kisses Jane Lowenthal of the state library commission as he arrives at the convention in San Jose. Chronicle photo by Paul ChinnSan Francisco Chronical
25 posted on 01/18/2004 9:50:46 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Once again, Leon can't do everything)
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California: Attorney General Lockyer calls women 'cranky'
Los Angeles Daily News (January 17, 2004)
26 posted on 01/18/2004 11:30:55 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (DEAN PEOPLE SUCK)
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Another article:
Democrats delay taking a position on Schwarzenegger bond measure (Prop 57) (18 January 2004)
27 posted on 01/18/2004 9:41:23 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Once again, Leon can't do everything)
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