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Arnold to tap major Democrat (Susan Kennedy ) to be his Chief of Staff: BREAKING!
FLASHREPORT ^ | 11-29-2005 6:02 pm | Jon Fleischman

Posted on 11/29/2005 7:31:53 PM PST by ElkGroveDan

Arnold to tap major Democrat to be his Chief of Staff

by Jon Fleischman - Publisher

11-29-2005 6:02 pm

The rule of six (if I hear at least six credible people tell me something, then as a confirmed rumor, I run with it) has struck again. I previously reported on rumors that Pat Clarey, the Governor's Chief of Staff (and a loyal Republican) would be stepping aside after the special election. Read that story here.

Well, apparently the Governor has decided to name Susan Kennedy as his Chief of Staff.

I am sure that if this plays out, Kennedy will be vetted by many who know her well. I can only judge her political ideology based on her resume, which includes these highlights (seriously, I am NOT making this up):

Kennedy has spent nearly the last three years as Gray Davis' appointee to the State Public Utilities Commission. Before that, she was a Deputy Chief of Staff and Cabinet Secretary for the infamously recalled Governor. (Kennedy's resume on the PUC website boasts that she was responsible for 'development of $100 billion state budget)

Before working for Gray Davis, Kennedy served as Communications Director and a senior staff member to Democrat United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (where, according to her own resume, she assisted the Senator with the development of legislation and policy initiatives...).

This next paragraph is straight from her resume (how could I improve on this):

Kennedy previously served as Executive Director of the California Democratic Party and as Executive Director of the California Abortion Rights Action League. She managed two of the most successful Get-Out-The-Vote campaigns in recent California history, including the 1992 Coordinated Campaign for Clinton/Gore and the 1998 Coordinated Campaign that elected Governor Gray Davis.

Right now I am a little bit shocked by this 'confirmed rumor' - actually, I would call it a 'very confirmed rumor' at this point.

I am not sure how Governor Schwarzenegger expects Republicans to react to this appointment. This is not an appointment to some peripheral position in his administration. The Chief of Staff is the most central role on the Governor's entire staff.

I think it would be premature to comment on a rumor, even a 'very confirmed' one at this point. But you can be sure that there will be a lot of questions, frustrations, concern and anger from the base if this turns out to be true.

While Republicans are not a majority in California by a long shot, there are still many million of us out here. It doesn't seem plausible that there was not one person who could ably serve in this capacity who agrees with the Governor's general philosophy enough to register in the same political party as he does.

Well, let's see how this plays out...

Jon

PS: I will offer an open invitation to any and all, whether in the administration, or friends thereof, or friends of Susan Kennedy (or Ms. Kennedy herself if this reaches her) to reach out to me, and help me understand why this appointment should not be interpreted as the big kiss-off to the GOP base.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: calappointment; chiefofstaff; oneterminator; schwarzenegger; susankennedy
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I know Jon very well. He is the consumate GOP insider. If he's reporting this, then it's true. His sources are impeccable.

Meanhwile, for the first time in my life, I am speechless.

1 posted on 11/29/2005 7:31:54 PM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: ElkGroveDan
Looks like it's Arnold who's the "girly man" after all.
2 posted on 11/29/2005 7:33:18 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: SierraWasp

ping


3 posted on 11/29/2005 7:33:20 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Incredible.


4 posted on 11/29/2005 7:34:29 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: eyespysomething

McClintock's crazy eyes are probably really going at this news.


5 posted on 11/29/2005 7:35:30 PM PST by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I have not been very complimentary of Arnold in this forum. He is pro-abortion, pro-culture of death, and he has done a lousy job balancing the budget. Sure, he just got voted down in the referendum, but that was after a couple of years of doing nothing very useful about the California economy.

Frankly, if this is true, it doesn't entirely surprise me. Thank you, Gerald Parsky. Thank you, Karl Rove. Without your manipulations, we might have had Bill Simon in office.


6 posted on 11/29/2005 7:36:05 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ElkGroveDan

"... Governor has decided to name Susan Kennedy as his Chief of Staff."


Not Susan Davis!


7 posted on 11/29/2005 7:36:20 PM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: ElkGroveDan

A little more background on Susan from 2001:

NEWSMAKER PROFILE
Susan Kennedy
Wielding power behind the scenes
Gov. Davis' Cabinet secretary finds her calling in Capitol
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/11/04/MN50594.DTL&hw=Susan+Kennedy&sn=001&sc=1000


8 posted on 11/29/2005 7:37:00 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan

This would be like W replacing Rove with Al Gore.


9 posted on 11/29/2005 7:37:27 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: ElkGroveDan

10 posted on 11/29/2005 7:37:35 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan; NormsRevenge; BurbankKarl; Cheapskate

[blink]


11 posted on 11/29/2005 7:38:13 PM PST by lainie
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To: ElkGroveDan

In the immortal words of Dirty Harry......


Swell.


12 posted on 11/29/2005 7:38:54 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: ElkGroveDan

Somebody's got pictures this time.


13 posted on 11/29/2005 7:40:29 PM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Is she a "Kennedy" as in his in-laws the Kennedys?


14 posted on 11/29/2005 7:41:07 PM PST by joonbug
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To: ElkGroveDan

I hope this is like bad tasting medicine intended to counterbalance the political fall out from the left when Arnie lets Tookie fry.


15 posted on 11/29/2005 7:41:30 PM PST by joebuck
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To: CyberAnt

Yeah, I copied and pasted that from someone else's email to me...just realized it, asked Admin to fix it (just as bad though)


16 posted on 11/29/2005 7:41:50 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan

"help me understand why this appointment should not be interpreted as the big kiss-off to the GOP base."

He only used the GOP base to get elected. Arnold is one of five GOP governors that belong to the Main Street Partnership.

http://republicanmainstreet.org/members.htm


17 posted on 11/29/2005 7:42:03 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! WBB lives on. Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: joonbug

no relation


18 posted on 11/29/2005 7:44:09 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: conservativecorner

I just will never understand just what goes through the mind of politicians?!!!
Here you have an avowed liberal as the COS for the country largest state, now also with the dubious honor of having the country biggest RINO...

Yes Arnold, it must be "a tumor" for you to stab use in the back like this.


19 posted on 11/29/2005 7:44:40 PM PST by redstate38
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To: ElkGroveDan

Figures from her picture. She is better looking than the Kennedy women, including Uncle Teddy.


20 posted on 11/29/2005 7:45:27 PM PST by joonbug
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To: joonbug
Figures from her picture. She is better looking than the Kennedy women, including Uncle Teddy.

She's married to a woman.

21 posted on 11/29/2005 7:48:08 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Arnie is a straight talker- this seems to be mistaken for him being conservative. He is NOT by any means.

He defies our image of a liberal because he talks straight and doesn't have to play the media for favor- the people already like him....

Plus- he gets the whole managing money thing.... But he is no conservative.. not really even a Republican... besides- is this Kennday chic any relation to his in-laws?

My point... why is anyone shocked! I mean I get a kick out of the way he talks to the CA politicians- but he sertainly doesn't inspire any confidence in him as a conservative man that shares my values...

/just sayin'


22 posted on 11/29/2005 7:48:45 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Don't Change Minds, Change Lives! Sherri Reese)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Sounds like something stinks in Sacramento...


23 posted on 11/29/2005 7:50:55 PM PST by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: ElkGroveDan; lainie; Brad's Gramma

We need a RINO day in Sacramento.

What is next? Tookie as attorney general?


24 posted on 11/29/2005 7:50:58 PM PST by BurbankKarl (NRA EPL)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Is this where you friend got it? Written two weeks ago for "breaking news"

http://www.sfexaminer.com/articles/2005/11/19/columnists/p_j_corkery/20051116_co01_corkery.txt


25 posted on 11/29/2005 7:52:11 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: ElkGroveDan

And here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-me-election10nov10,1,6008833.story?coll=la-headlines-politics


26 posted on 11/29/2005 7:53:55 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: ElkGroveDan

maybe aRnold likes Kennedys whispering in his ears all the time


27 posted on 11/29/2005 7:54:37 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Yeah...that's some "Republican" we got there...

And let us not forget that Ahhnold is considering commuting Tookie's death sentence.

This is why I have no time for "big tent" RINOs.

28 posted on 11/29/2005 7:56:44 PM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: eeevil conservative

He never said he was a Conservative and he didn't run as a conservative. He ran on fiscal resonsibility. That's all. And that's the best we could have hoped for at that time and I do think CA is at least a little better now that it was then.


29 posted on 11/29/2005 7:56:53 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Justanobody
Arnold is one of five GOP governors that belong to the Main Street Partnership.

The 'Main Street Partnership' is financed by none other than George Soros.

30 posted on 11/29/2005 7:57:03 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: BunnySlippers
Is this where you friend got it? Written two weeks ago for "breaking news"

http://www.sfexaminer.com/articles/2005/11/19/columnists/p_j_corkery/20051116_co01_corkery.txt

It was a rumor back then. Fleischman would have gotten it from staff within the governor's office or members of the legislature since he is reporting it as a a fact.

The rumor has been floating around the Capitol and frankly a lot of us brushed it off as absurd. The difference this time is that it is certain.

31 posted on 11/29/2005 7:57:22 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Hildy
And that's the best we could have hoped for at that time and I do think CA is at least a little better now that it was then.

Such comments would be funny if they weren't so ironically sad.

32 posted on 11/29/2005 7:58:38 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Oh God, EV flashbacks...it's too late at night to be going back and forth with you....good night.


33 posted on 11/29/2005 7:59:51 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
He never said he was a Conservative and he didn't run as a conservative. He ran on fiscal responsibility. That's all. And that's the best we could have hoped for at that time and I do think CA is at least a little better now that it was then.

There's a big dang difference between "conservative" and Republican. He ran as a Republican and a lot of people voted for him assuming that he would bring in a Republican team -- that he's not a conservative is ancient news. We all knew that long ago. That he is making a lifelong Democrat hack the highest official in an allegedly Republican administration is the cause for outrage here.

34 posted on 11/29/2005 8:01:06 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan
This story was scooped by the San Francisco Examiner on November 17th

Arnold & Maria pick Kennedy to run show

Scoop: Our two governors, Arnold and Maria, have asked Susan Kennedy, longtime Democratic operative and currently on the California Public Utilities Commission, to come on board. She’ll probably become Arnold’s chief of staff. Her longtime colleague, Daniel Zingale, just started as Maria’s chief of staff.

The dual governors, seeking players who can deal with the Dems in Sacramento, are reaching back to the administration of Gray Davis, the man they ousted: Both Kennedy and Zingale served on Davis’ immediate staff. … Kennedy is brilliant. One who has tangled with her says, “Her great ability is to frame a solution for a problem. She’s terrific at seeing solutions and then advocating fiercely for them. Unfortunately, they’re not always the best solutions.” A pal puts it this way, “She’s able to see a problem and solve it before it becomes a big one.” She’s also very pro-business — that’s just what Arnold likes in a Democrat. …

35 posted on 11/29/2005 8:01:53 PM PST by lainie
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To: ElkGroveDan

It's a rumor.


36 posted on 11/29/2005 8:02:51 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Here's a list of GOP elected officials who take money from the George Soros-financed 'Main Street Partnership':

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island
Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania
Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska


Rep. Charles Bass, New Hampshire
Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York
Rep. Mary Bono, California
Rep. Jeb Bradley, New Hampshire
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida
Rep. Ken Calvert, California
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
Rep. Michael Castle, Delaware
Rep. Thomas Davis, III, Virginia
Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania
Rep. David Dreier, California
Rep. Vernon Ehlers, Michigan
Rep. Mark Foley, Florida
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
Rep. Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
Rep. Paul Gillmor, Ohio
Rep. Kay Granger, Texas
Rep. David Hobson, Ohio
Rep. Nancy Johnson, Connecticut
Rep. Timothy Johnson, Illinois
Rep. Sue Kelly, New York

Rep. John R. Kuhl, New York
Rep. Mark Kirk, Illinois
Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona
Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois
Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio
Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa
Rep. Jerry Lewis, California
Rep. Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana
Rep. Thomas Petri, Wisconsin
Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania
Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada
Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio
Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota
Rep. Ralph Regula, Ohio
Rep. Joe Schwarz, Michigan
Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut
Rep. Robert Simmons, Connecticut
Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio
Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan
Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon
Rep. James Walsh, New York
Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania
Rep. Jerry Weller, Illinois






Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Maryland
Gov. Linda Lingle, Hawaii
Gov. George Pataki, New York
Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California



A 'Who's Who' of RINOS.

I'm sure you love 'em all, Hildy...


Conservatives:

Every single politician on this list should be targeted for defeat!


37 posted on 11/29/2005 8:03:30 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Hildy

No it's confirmed now.


38 posted on 11/29/2005 8:03:57 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Hildy

I agree with you- no doubt at all....

He has been great for CA in my opinion-

my point was just that I don't understand why people would be surprised by this decision... disappointed and upset at him- sure... but not shocked or surprised...

sorry- that was my point...


39 posted on 11/29/2005 8:04:37 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Don't Change Minds, Change Lives! Sherri Reese)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Arnold has been tapping a Democrat for years.


40 posted on 11/29/2005 8:04:59 PM PST by satchmodog9 ( Seventy million spent on the lefts Christmas present and all they got was a Scooter)
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To: satchmodog9

Touche.


41 posted on 11/29/2005 8:05:35 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: ElkGroveDan

Good...Why do I even freakin care...I hate that State...that's why I left. Six months gone and they still want money from me...I told them to shove it up their asses. keep up your whining ... you all get what you deserve.


42 posted on 11/29/2005 8:05:39 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Goodbye Arnold. Goodbye Republicans in California


43 posted on 11/29/2005 8:06:58 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: Hildy

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island
Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania
Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska

Bought and Paid For


44 posted on 11/29/2005 8:08:20 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: EternalVigilance

ARG!

No surprise to see Isaskon on that list.... frickin' idiot.... traitor.... Dang I wish Zell was still in...

Still ticks me off that people don't pay attention to primaries.... Isakson won on name only...he just moved up the chain to run on the national level instead of staying at the state level-- but no doubt that Herman Cain was the BEST MAN FOR THE JOB!


45 posted on 11/29/2005 8:08:44 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Don't Change Minds, Change Lives! Sherri Reese)
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To: satchmodog9

ROFLLLL!!!

No doubt on that either! LOL!!


46 posted on 11/29/2005 8:09:31 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Don't Change Minds, Change Lives! Sherri Reese)
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To: eeevil conservative

Definitely.

Herman Cain is a truly great American.


47 posted on 11/29/2005 8:10:07 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

We have a Herman thread on Saturdays for his Live Radio show... it runs 3-6 pm (eastern)

Would you like to be added to the ping list?


48 posted on 11/29/2005 8:12:50 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Don't Change Minds, Change Lives! Sherri Reese)
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To: eeevil conservative

Sure.


49 posted on 11/29/2005 8:14:23 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

cool...done..thanks!

Herman rocks!


50 posted on 11/29/2005 8:18:18 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Don't Change Minds, Change Lives! Sherri Reese)
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