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Schwarzenegger hires former Gray Davis aide Susan Kennedy as chief of staff
Capitol Weekly ^ | Nov 29 05 | John Howard

Posted on 11/29/2005 9:35:25 PM PST by churchillbuff

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has hired Susan Kennedy, a top aide to former Gov. Gray Davis, as his new chief of staff, Capitol sources in both major parties said. The chief of staff's position is considered the most powerful administrative position in state government, with broad authority over policy-making and the sprawling bureaucracy.

The decision was made following two days of intense, closed-door meetings that included negotiating sessions across the street from the Capitol in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where Schwarzenegger stays while in Sacramento. Kennedy's hiring was the culmination of a five-hour meeting, sources said, at which Kennedy demanded--and got--sole authority over hiring and firing the executive staff. That provision spread anger among Republican insiders, who said they feared a major purge of GOP staffers among the governor's inner circle.

Republicans said Kennedy's hiring had been pushed by Democrats close to the governor--including his wife, Maria Shriver, and advisers Bonnie Reiss and Daniel Zingale. Democrats, meanwhile, said Schwarzenegger's decision was based more on his personal nonpartisan nature, rather than from succumbing to persuasive Democrats.

Whatever the reason, the governor's choice is the most dramatic in the Capitol since former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, chose the late B.T. Collins, a maimed Republican Vietnam war veteran, as his chief of staff.

Kennedy's hiring signals a dramatic shakeup in the inner circle around Gov. Schwarzenegger, who suffered a major political defeat on Nov. 8, when his attempts to overhaul government--including spending limits and the creation of a retired judges' panel to supervise reapportionment--were rejected by voters.

Kennedy decided to accept the chief of staff's position following lengthy meetings at the Hyatt, but she had been approached earlier by the governor recently in Los Angeles to take the job--but turned it down.

She changed her mind after Schwarzenegger, who approached her anew to accept the post, agreed to give her broad authority over the staff. Schwarzenegger also had approached others to take the post, including former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, who turned him down.

The current chief of staff, Patricia Clarey, who joined Schwarzenegger early in his administration, was scheduled to leave by the end of year. Also leaving was Rob Stutzman, the governor's communications director, who was leaving to handle the governor's re-election campaign next year. Stutzman's departure was not officially announced, nor was his replacement. But one Capitol source familiar with Stutzman's situation said flatly: "He left to join the campaign. He left voluntarily."

The selection of Kennedy angered many Republicans--and some Democrats. Both sides noted that she had served Davis--who Schwarzenegger booted from office in the 2003 historic recall--as Cabinet Secretary. How could Schwarzenegger, who publicly criticized Davis as an incompetent governor, hire one of Davis' key players?

"It's unreal. She served the governor that voters kicked out. She was executive director of the Democratic Party. She's a Democrat through and through. What is he (Schwarzenegger) thinking?" one Republican said.

"Republicans spent years battling Susan Kennedy when she worked for the recalled Gov. Davis. It's unfathomable that one of the central figures of the Davis administration and Oracle scandal would be put back in charge of the governor's office," said another Republican, referring to the state's signing of a flawed, $95 million software contract that roiled Davis' tenure.

Democrats were equally nonplussed.

"She negotiated workers' comp. She was the executive director of the Democratic Party. She is everything he (Schwarzenegger) isn't. What's going on here?" a Democrat said.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: calappointment; chiefofstaff; order66; schwarzenegger; susankennedy
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1 posted on 11/29/2005 9:35:26 PM PST by churchillbuff
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To: NormsRevenge; doug from upland; calcowgirl; RichInOC; goldstategop; kellynla

ping


2 posted on 11/29/2005 9:37:11 PM PST by churchillbuff
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To: churchillbuff


As Dirty Harry said...

Swell.


Great. Now what? WTF is he thinking? and where the hell is this state going now?


3 posted on 11/29/2005 9:38:46 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: churchillbuff
LOL!

God, Californians can be so damn stupid sometimes.

4 posted on 11/29/2005 9:38:50 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: churchillbuff
Arnold doesn't care which party he works with as long as his backers get what they want. It's all about having "big accomplishments" with which to fan his ego. He couldn't care less who gets screwed.
5 posted on 11/29/2005 9:39:12 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: churchillbuff
Well, it makes sense. The people of California, by rejecting Arnold's reforms---
just re-elected Gray Davis.
6 posted on 11/29/2005 9:41:18 PM PST by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: melt
Sigh....

The apples all fall from the same tree, it seems, these days....

-- my thoughts, Trever Online
7 posted on 11/29/2005 9:43:01 PM PST by precedence (Liberalism::Not a Family Value)
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To: churchillbuff

Yup, saw EGD's earlier thread and now this. He must like having Kennedys whispering in his ears .

I can't wait until the Ca Supreme Court appointment is announced.


9 posted on 11/29/2005 9:43:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Former Head

"It's a head-scratcher how they built the world's 5th largest economy."

Reagan was Governor here once. It was inherited!


10 posted on 11/29/2005 9:45:40 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Names Ash Housewares

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1521593/posts

:)


11 posted on 11/29/2005 9:46:23 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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To: melt

Sure, The allegedly Republican Governor hands the state's executive branch over to a Gray Davis Dem hack, and you blame the voters.

Looks to me like it was a vote of one that created this disaster: Arnold Schwarzeneggar.


12 posted on 11/29/2005 9:47:00 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: churchillbuff

A HATE ARNOLD site. How disgusting.

Have you ever supported him?


13 posted on 11/29/2005 9:47:08 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: churchillbuff
XREF
14 posted on 11/29/2005 9:49:08 PM PST by lainie
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To: churchillbuff
Republicans said Kennedy's hiring had been pushed by Democrats close to the governor--including his wife, Maria Shriver, and advisers Bonnie Reiss and Daniel Zingale. ... Kennedy's hiring signals a dramatic shakeup in the inner circle around Gov. Schwarzenegger...

Well, we can see which advisors Arnold has chosen to favor. Shriver, Tamminen, Reiss, Zingale, and now Kennedy. Worse times to come, imo.

15 posted on 11/29/2005 9:51:24 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: churchillbuff
A lot of my California "conservative" friends voted no on all of Arnold's props a few weeks ago.

I must say, I think there is very little difference now between a Calif Democrat and a Calif. Republican.

I live in Calif. if I lived in any other part of the country I'd recommend banning the state from the union.
16 posted on 11/29/2005 9:51:41 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: churchillbuff

Definitely a head shaker, hire someone who worked for a guy who got booted by the voters, oh yeah, we got rid of Davis because he did so well for the state, sheesh, Arnold is just not thinking.


17 posted on 11/29/2005 9:55:37 PM PST by psjones
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To: churchillbuff

I'm surprised he didn't hire Tookie Williams instead.


18 posted on 11/29/2005 9:56:56 PM PST by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

The Honorable President Ronald Reagan did not invent California. With all due respect- it is more likely that California invented him. This great State has elected more conservatives than any other State in the Union, by a far sight and a piece.


19 posted on 11/29/2005 9:57:22 PM PST by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: churchillbuff

In other news, the governor has reportedly considered legally changing his name to Dave Gravis...


20 posted on 11/29/2005 9:58:23 PM PST by NJ_gent (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: churchillbuff

Sure, and it figures it would be a Kennedy... Susan Kennedy.


21 posted on 11/29/2005 9:58:54 PM PST by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: writer33

I am hoping Arizona will adopt San Diego and Orange County.
Red counties in a blue state.

But with all the trouble here in San Diego lately, they probably wouldnt want us.

Its dark times here let me tell you.

The fight continues.


22 posted on 11/29/2005 9:59:45 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: calcowgirl

The SS California steamed on at Full Spend into the dark night, icebergs glittering all around like jewels as the ship cut a path thru the icefields not oft traveled by others, and for good reason.


23 posted on 11/29/2005 10:00:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: precedence

Road apples it seems..


24 posted on 11/29/2005 10:04:25 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: churchillbuff

I'm a Republican Californian that voted for him, but he can kiss my you know what GOODBYE--He is history!!!


25 posted on 11/29/2005 10:07:19 PM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: churchillbuff

I can't post the whole thing... there is a lot more...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/11/04/MN50594.DTL&hw=Susan+Kennedy&sn=001&sc=1000

NEWSMAKER PROFILE
Susan Kennedy - Wielding power behind the scenes
Gov. Davis' Cabinet secretary finds her calling in Capitol
Robert Salladay, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
November 4, 2001

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Few people in California are powerful than Kennedy, even though most everyone outside Sacramento has never heard of the 5-foot-2 woman in St. John's suits standing at the governor's side.

The notoriously distrustful governor relies on a handful of aides ... Kennedy is the most ideological of the three...

"She's Bones, Scotty and Sulu all in one," said Daniel Zingale, director of the Department of Managed Health Care, who first met Kennedy during a retreat for young liberal activists at Jane Fonda's Southern California ranch in the early 1980s.

(snip)

She was an activist who grew up during the end of the Vietnam War and lived in the evacuation zone of Three Mile Island. She learned to distrust the establishment, but she became a close aide to the state's other centrist icon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., whom Kennedy cites as her biggest political influence.

Kennedy worked for Feinstein for only three years, from 1995 until Davis' election in 1998. But as executive director of the California Democratic Party in 1992, Kennedy essentially helped put Feinstein, along with Barbara Boxer, into the U.S. Senate.

(snip)

Darius Anderson, a corporate lobbyist in Sacramento and one of Kennedy's closest friends, said he watched Kennedy run a statewide campaign in 1992 that "was unbelievably ruthless in having to succeed and could not take failure as an answer."

(snip)

Anderson served as best man at Kennedy's commitment ceremony last year in Maui to Vicki Marti, 53, a psychotherapist. They share a two-bedroom house with a pool in Fairfax overlooking Mount Tamalpais. ...

The daughter of an electronics salesman and a school secretary, Kennedy grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and found herself drawn to politics through an early fascination with Jane Fonda. As a preteen, she kept a scrapbook with articles and pictures of the unconventional actress and activist.

(snip)


26 posted on 11/29/2005 10:14:22 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: lainie

BTTT for cross reference. Thanks lainie!


27 posted on 11/29/2005 10:17:49 PM PST by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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To: birbear
A lot of my California "conservative" friends voted no on all of Arnold's props a few weeks ago

Why would they do that?

28 posted on 11/29/2005 10:20:15 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: calcowgirl; Carry_Okie
That makes her just about every danged thing I despise, yet a Republican Governor hires her to be his chief "handler!"

Please tell me how we were worse off with Gray Davis... I really would like that laid out here... (and that was terrible torment)

30 posted on 11/29/2005 10:23:19 PM PST by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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To: EternalVigilance
It appears that "Conan the Barbarian" has transformed into "Conan O'Brien".
Sucks--- BIGTIME!
31 posted on 11/29/2005 10:30:35 PM PST by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: churchillbuff

...and the Orange County Republicanistas don't say a word. May G-d save our Republic.


32 posted on 11/29/2005 10:37:58 PM PST by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Keep fighting the good fight, NAH.


33 posted on 11/29/2005 10:38:09 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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To: GLDNGUN
Why would they do that?

In a nutshell.. they're selfish.

They don't have daughters, so the abortion one was no big deal to 'em.

They're union employees, and so they didn't want to jeopardize any of their benefits or anything.

They're happy with their legislators so they didn't think it necessary to re-draw district lines.

Several of my friends have friends who are teachers, so they didn't want to vote against them.

And giving Arnold power in cutting funding wasn't that big of an issue to 'em. I don't know if they just didn't get it, or what.

By and large these are people who voted for Bush...would have voted for Reagan if they were old enough. Support the War on Terror and the War in Iraq. Supported the recall. Supported tax cuts. Would like the see the boarder closed. Oppose gay marriage. They just felt the propositions if passed would do more to hurt them personally than help them.

The more I investigate, the more of that type of people I'm seeing.
34 posted on 11/29/2005 10:41:03 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: NormsRevenge

>>Full Spend into the dark night

Thought it was a typo... then started chuckling. LOL.


35 posted on 11/29/2005 10:43:38 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: birbear
The more I investigate, the more of that type of people I'm seeing.

I'm not a huge fan of Ahnold. I didn't vote for him. I voted for McClintock, but I've supported anything the Governor did that was good for the state. I'd do that regardless of the governor's party affiliation. I'm sure not going to oppose a tax cut simply because it's proposed by a democrat. I voted YES for each of Ahnold's propositions. Aren't your "conservative" friends concerned about the future of the state? Don't they see it going down the toilet if something isn't done soon? Man, if a "moderate" can't get much done as governor, a true conservative won't stand a chance. I think the state is beyond help at this point. It's going to have to get a lot worse before enough people wake up to demand true change.

36 posted on 11/29/2005 10:51:47 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: GLDNGUN
Aren't your "conservative" friends concerned about the future of the state?

Most of the people I know are concerned first for their own well being. They were happy with the status quo, so they didn't think their little corner of the world needed any "fixing". And for some of them, some of the "fixes" COULD have adversely affected their stuff. (Several are union employees).

Perhaps my friends have put blinders on in their middle age. Most have families, good jobs, and homes. They kind of have the "if it doesn't screw with me, I'm not going to screw with it" mentality.

Which happens. I happen to see a bigger picture on most everything I do, so I see the deep sh!t that the state is in.
37 posted on 11/29/2005 10:57:07 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: churchillbuff

the first thing the bitch tells arnie.........don't execute "tookie".


38 posted on 11/29/2005 10:58:34 PM PST by fatteddy (get right or you'll be left behind!)
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To: calcowgirl

Well this is a brilliant move. Geez, just gotta love that "crazy" Arnold. What a wacky guy. We are having some fun now! Maybe next he can hire Jerry Brown away from Oakland. Good times a commin'!


39 posted on 11/29/2005 11:07:59 PM PST by CAluvdubya (HAPPY ROVEGIVING!!!!)
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Shades of Harriet Miers' appointment.

Four points:

1) SK Makes Mrs. Miers look like Bork.
2) We may be jumping the gun here. Just because Arnold hired a liberal doesn't mean he's going to adopt her ideas. The relationship between a Governor and Chief of Staff is "I boss, you follow." She may have been selected for something else other than her odious socialism.
3) Even if this is "betrayal, crime, murder" bla bla bla, what choice is presented?

"On this corner, 200 pounds of pure muscular Rinosism: THE GOVERNATOR! ANd in this Corner..."
a)a conservative who'll make the Founding Fathers proud or a traitor who should not even be in the same hemisphere as America?
b)If in the other corner is a true blue guy/gal, what chance does s/he have of winning?

More often than not, when Conservatives want to "teach them a lesson" we barely survive class.

Let's hope for the sake of everyone SK will serve no other function than being Arnold's lacky. And if, God forbid, Arnold had turned for the worse, that we could replace him with someone better, not worse.


40 posted on 11/29/2005 11:12:21 PM PST by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: CAluvdubya

I think Willie Brown is available too.
And Leon Panetta has been lurking in Arnold's wings... maybe give him a formal appointment too.

Wacky... Oh yeah!


41 posted on 11/29/2005 11:20:15 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: churchillbuff; NormsRevenge; Carry_Okie; calcowgirl; SierraWasp; tubebender; forester
Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has hired Susan Kennedy, a top aide to former Gov. Gray Davis, as his new chief of staff,

Where is FO to pass out the Kool-Aide?

Can the ilk get ill yet?

42 posted on 11/29/2005 11:24:25 PM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: birbear
They don't have daughters, so the abortion one was no big deal to 'em. They're union employees,

Stop right there. They're morons. QED

43 posted on 11/29/2005 11:42:30 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Hank Rearden
God, Californians can be so damn stupid sometimes

You are so right and, I am one! No matter what one does, you just can't clean the losers out. I'm thinking of moving back to Michigan - after the winter that is.

Anyone got a plan?

44 posted on 11/29/2005 11:57:17 PM PST by AnimalLover ( ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?)))
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To: calcowgirl
We get a liberal chief of staff. What else is new?

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

45 posted on 11/30/2005 12:14:56 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: melt

Exactly, Arnold gave us some propositions that would make a change in the state for the better and Republicans decided they were too damn busy to bother to come out and vote.

We are our own problem and until we get our act in gear, we will overrun by Democrat stupidity.


46 posted on 11/30/2005 12:18:02 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy
Republicans decided they were too damn busy to bother to come out and vote.

NO they were too pissed off at his liberal policies to come out and vote. His answer? Move left! Yeah, that will work.

47 posted on 11/30/2005 12:20:13 AM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: BunnySlippers
I wouldn't worry too much about it, most of those types are from the third parties and unless they are busy trying to promote an unelectable person, they are not happy.

This is beyond the issue of supporting Arnold, bottom line was Arnold put several propositions out there to help us make a change in California. We were given the opportunity and took a BIG PASS. That most certainly wasn't his fault, it was the voter's fault. The Republican voters to be specific.
48 posted on 11/30/2005 12:24:11 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy
Yep, its our fault. We're stupid. We deserve to repaid back by the Governor moving left. We're back to the Gray Davis Era. Funny how life comes full circle, eh? We'll see an orgy of borrowing and spending next year that will break all records.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

49 posted on 11/30/2005 12:27:07 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FOG724

Informing parents that their 12 year old wants and abortion?
Wanting Unions to get signed permission to spend their members money?
Breaking up comfortable districts?

Those were great ones to vote for.

Only the lazy and leftists would vote against those things IMO.
Those that didn't vote should be the last to complain though, that is for sure.


50 posted on 11/30/2005 12:27:48 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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