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Gray Davis: 'I knew nothing' - Ex-governor says he was unprepared for crisis
LA Daily News ^ | 6/12/05 | AP

Posted on 06/12/2005 8:57:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Former Gov. Gray Davis now admits he was unprepared for the 2000-01 energy crisis that sent electricity bills soaring, brought rolling blackouts and ultimately helped bring an early end to his political career. Davis, recalled by voters in an unprecedented move, was replaced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2003, a year after Davis had won a second term.

The former Democratic governor said he erred by buying power at inflated rates during the height of the crisis, but said he acted because he "wasn't willing to risk" sustained blackouts.

"Did it turn out to be a mistake? Yes," Davis said during a speech Friday before the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Davis blamed bad advice from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as he tried to respond to manipulation of the state's energy market by traders from Enron Corp. and other energy companies.

"When I ran for governor in '98, not a single human being asked me about electricity," Davis said at a conference on finding ways to reform California government and politics. "I knew nothing about electricity. ... I wish I knew as much about electricity then as I do now."

Davis said the state's 1996 deregulation law, signed by GOP Gov. Pete Wilson, was a "colossal mistake" that allowed unethical energy traders to rip off consumers in the "the biggest robbery since the Brink's robbery."

He also criticized federal energy regulators for failing to stop Enron traders from practices like urging that power plants be shut down to drive up electricity costs.

"Enron (traders) were like the old wildcatters," Davis said of the company now in bankruptcy protection. "They had no care about tomorrow. They just wanted to sweep every nickel, every dime out of California because they had no idea how long this party would last."

Davis declined to comment on Schwarzenegger's performance, but noted his successor has eclipsed his old record for campaign fundraising from special interest groups. Davis was roundly criticized for his fundraising while in office, but Republican Schwarzenegger gathered $28.8 million last year -- more than twice what Davis raised in his first year in office.

"This is one race I am happy to lose," Davis said. "I always knew those criticisms that I was a world-class spender would be eclipsed by someone, and it was eclipsed by Arnold. I'm delighted someone has passed me."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: blackouts; calenergy; crisis; dumpdavis; exgovernor; graydavis; incompetent; johnbryson; nothing; schwarzenegger; unprepared

1 posted on 06/12/2005 8:57:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Yawn.


2 posted on 06/12/2005 8:57:44 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge; All

This shrub was consider to be the next President.. Shudder...


3 posted on 06/12/2005 8:58:38 PM PDT by KevinDavis (the space/future belongs to the eagles, the earth/past to the groundhogs)
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To: NormsRevenge

Former California Governor Gray Davis makes an appearance in this Friday, May 13, 2005 file photo, on California Connected, a public television newsmagazine broadcast, for a roundtable discussion about the legislative changes they proposed on the program last season, held at The Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. Davis now admits he was unprepared for the state's 2000-2001 energy crisis that sent electricity bills soaring, brought rolling blackouts and helped bring an early end to his political career. The former Democratic governor said Friday he erred by buying power at inflated rates during the height of the crisis, when utilities were not able to keep up with demand, but said he acted because he 'wasn't willing to risk' sustained blackouts. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)


4 posted on 06/12/2005 8:59:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

From the "Where Are They Now?" file.


5 posted on 06/12/2005 9:02:13 PM PDT by speedy
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6 posted on 06/12/2005 9:03:17 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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7 posted on 06/12/2005 9:03:44 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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8 posted on 06/12/2005 9:05:31 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So in other words, Gray Davis is contending that FERC failed to protect Californians from Davis' own incompetence with respect to energy policy?

"I knew nothing about electricity. ... I wish I knew as much about electricity then as I do now."

Atta boy, Gray. There's always someone else to blame.


9 posted on 06/12/2005 9:15:33 PM PDT by james500
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To: NormsRevenge

Gumby is a dipwad.


10 posted on 06/12/2005 9:18:27 PM PDT by Khurkris (I need a new tagline..let me work on it a while.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gray Davis: 'I knew nothing'



Finally, something he and I agree on.


11 posted on 06/12/2005 9:20:46 PM PDT by sharktrager (http://hookedonphoniks.blogspot.com/)
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To: diamond6

Gray Davis: 'I knew nothing'

Even when he knew something, he knew nothing.


12 posted on 06/12/2005 9:21:46 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: NormsRevenge
The former Democratic governor said he erred by buying power at inflated rates during the height of the crisis, but said he acted because he "wasn't willing to risk" sustained blackouts.

So even years later he still has no idea what he did wrong...

13 posted on 06/12/2005 9:30:23 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: NormsRevenge
Anybody who thinks Gray Davis didn't know precisely what he was doing will never understand why Southern California Edison CEO, Natural Resources Defense Council founder, and Gray Davis' college buddy, John Bryson, gave Gray Davis a quarter million to run for Governor of California.
14 posted on 06/12/2005 9:35:42 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are REALLY stupid.)
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To: NormsRevenge

He is lieing through his teeth. Good thing Al Goron lost because he would have used the crisis to nationalize the energy industries.


15 posted on 06/12/2005 9:41:13 PM PDT by John Lenin (It's a joy watching demoRATS self destruct)
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16 posted on 06/12/2005 9:53:38 PM PDT by Chinito (6990th Security Group, RC-135/Combat Apple, Class of '68)
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To: Chinito
I think there should be an investigation.

How much exactlydid Davis not know, and when did he not know it???

17 posted on 06/12/2005 10:01:03 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: NormsRevenge
Gray Davis: 'I knew nothing'

Then perhaps he should have been Stalag California's guard, not its commandant.

18 posted on 06/12/2005 10:06:27 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: NormsRevenge

Everything about Gray Davis is...Gray.


19 posted on 06/12/2005 10:10:33 PM PDT by grizzly84
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To: NormsRevenge

Just the natural consequence of letting the political system replace the free market in terms of supplying a vital commodity.


20 posted on 06/12/2005 10:13:12 PM PDT by Honestfreedom
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To: NormsRevenge
Gray Davis -- "I knew nothing..."

Finally, a Gray Davis quote I can agree with!

21 posted on 06/12/2005 10:24:21 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They just can't shut up and go away, can they?


22 posted on 06/12/2005 10:28:44 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
1) Functionally everything
2) Essentially forever

I traded spot and to-arrive natgas in 2000-2001 (aka ''the cash mkt''), and Davis' pet puppies infesting that idiotic Calbanian ISO made it almost impossible to lose...or, said another way, Calbanian taxpayers indirectly funded every single trade I made.

For Grayout Davis to crime Calpine, Cinergy, Duke, El Paso, Enron and the boys for simply operating their trading businesses according to HIS bloody stupid rules, and to crime little tiny individual traders to boot, is absolutely risible. Such commentary would be a terminal embarrassment to any remotely honest individual.

23 posted on 06/12/2005 11:19:18 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Dog Gone; snopercod; Robert357; randita; tubebender

Why did this subject come up again?


24 posted on 06/12/2005 11:21:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SAJ

That's good to know.


25 posted on 06/12/2005 11:25:05 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Once a liar, always a liar, eh, Grey?

This guy is up to his dyed and manicured eyebrows in corruption and paybacks, something must be brewing if he came back out of obscurity to make this claim.

Why else would they be hauling this pompadoured poodle out of his enforced retirement? The issue has not been under discussion lately, nobody has even said his name in public since we fired him...why now? What is the L.A. Times up to?

No way this was something written just because it's a slow news week.

Something's up. I smell a rat, a big GREY one. Either Grey is going to be indicted, or the Dems are cranking up the smoke and mirrors machine to hide something else...


26 posted on 06/12/2005 11:33:18 PM PDT by ByDesign
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To: ByDesign

An excellent point. It is very out of context.


27 posted on 06/12/2005 11:36:44 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: ByDesign

Something is up!


28 posted on 06/12/2005 11:41:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Why did this subject come up again?

Because Californians are being prepped to accept more "rolling blackouts" this summer.

29 posted on 06/12/2005 11:48:08 PM PDT by steenkeenbadges
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To: steenkeenbadges

That would just remind common sense Californian that he wasn't fired soon enough!


30 posted on 06/13/2005 12:00:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge

If Davis didn't know

Then he is more of an Idiot then I ever gave him credit for


31 posted on 06/13/2005 12:01:20 AM PDT by Mo1 (Democrats = The Socialist Party)
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32 posted on 06/13/2005 12:15:24 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Dawn of Information...)
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To: NormsRevenge

One of the best things we ever did here in Cal was recall this corrupt boob of a governor.


33 posted on 06/13/2005 12:36:24 AM PDT by Bullish (Proudly and consistently hating the Clinton's since 1992)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge

I said at the time if Doofus had just said no to the cartel for their blackmail prices for just one day they would have caved. You can't store Kilowatts...


34 posted on 06/13/2005 5:56:42 AM PDT by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Why did this subject come up again?

Probably, because Mr. Davis wants to run for some political office or be appointed to some political post. It has been a while since he raked in big government dollars and was given the power to do things in the name of the people.

People like Davis have a hard time finding happiness and success in the private sector where one needs to perform and where one is held accountable for one's actions.

Yes, Davis is trying to rehabilitate his name so he can get back into some kind of Government job. At least that is my guess.

Considering how Boxer & Feinstein cut him loose during the recall campaign, any chance he will go after one of their jobs soon?

35 posted on 06/13/2005 7:40:38 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; SierraWasp; tubebender

"Why did this subject come up again?"

Davis may be trying to rehab himself and blaming everything on Enron and GW.



36 posted on 06/13/2005 7:58:53 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: NormsRevenge

he looks like a mortician, i always thought.



semper fido!


37 posted on 06/13/2005 8:02:15 AM PDT by ken21 (if you didn't see it on tv, then it didn't happen. /s)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why did this subject come up again?
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He's coming clean and grooming himself for a HildeBeast administration position?

Energy Czar, maybe. ;-)


38 posted on 06/13/2005 8:45:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Gray Davis: 'I knew nothing'

Oh now there's a huge newsflash.
39 posted on 06/13/2005 8:47:10 AM PDT by Rushgrrl (~brought to you from the illegal-rich state of California~)
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To: NormsRevenge
Oh yes, he showed such great talent in his previous try at the local job!

Course if the big meanie companies at Enron hadn't done their dastardly deeds he would have been a great success!!!

/sarcasm
40 posted on 06/13/2005 9:21:14 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge

Don't forget... He served in Vietnam, too!!! Just like scarry Hairy Kerry!!! (you remember him dont'cha... The Fonda Babe Magnet?!?)(Phhhhht!!!)


41 posted on 06/13/2005 9:53:53 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Arnold Schwarzenrenegger is Cauleeforneeah's Greenievenator!!! He's infected with GANG-GREEN!!!)
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