Skip to comments.GOP Angry over Schwarzenegger Pick
Posted on 12/03/2005 11:25:15 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
Top California Republicans are wondering if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is moving left politically following his appointment to chief of staff of Susan Kennedy a leading liberal activist and former aide to Democrat Gov. Gray Davis.
"We're not moving anywhere," Schwarzenegger says, insisting that he is continuing to go "in the same direction."
Some of his Republican colleagues wonder what direction that may be.
"I'm getting more e-mails off of this [the Kennedy appointment] than I do for Viagra," said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, in an interview with the L.A. Times newspaper.
"Since the special election, where we were very loyal [to Schwarzenegger], all we've heard about was a $50 billion bond and looking at clemency for [convicted murderer and gang leader Stanley] Tookie Williams." Asking if there isn't "even one Republican in the state to be qualified as chief of staff?" Spence said. "I think the Kennedy thing was just the last straw."
What especially irks GOP leaders is Kennedys popular standing among California liberals. She is a former executive director of the state's ultra-left-wing Democratic Party, a former top member of former Gov. Gray Davis staff and - to the chagrin of advocates of traditional values - an abortion supporter and admitted lesbian who recently "married her lover in a Hawaiian civil union ceremony.
GOP officials aren't alone in their criticism of the appointment, as Schwarzenegger discovered during a radio talk-show appearance with conservative host Roger Hedgecock on San Diego's KOGO radio station.
Said Hedgecock "You have once again stirred up everyone in the whole state with this announcement. This woman seems completely incompatible with any Republican principles."
Not so, said the governor, who described Kennedy as a pro-business moderate who had supported him on all of his doomed special-election ballot initiatives, including one which was fiercely opposed by Democrats because it would have put a limit on spending.
"All of the things that I have done in the last two years she believes in and actually said many times to me during the last two years that she has become a big fan of mine because of the things that I do," he told Hedgecock.
While admitting that some Republicans will be "up in arms about" the Kennedy appointment, Schwarzenegger told his host "but I have to pick someone that I feel comfortable with. And I talked to a lot of people for this job, and she was the one who I felt most comfortable with." Not every Republican is appalled at the Governor's choice. Pat Dando, president and chief executive officer of the San Jose-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce told the San Jose Mercury News:
"I would hope that they would look at her as an individual with qualifications that are important to do the job of chief of staff." He added that Schwarzenegger "appears to be more interested in finding well-qualified individuals to work with him on both sides of the aisle than sticking to a party line, and I think that's healthy."
This is simply the most egregious case of a tendency that GOP elected officials often display. They surround themselves with operatives of the far left, ignoring good solid Republican office-seekers with excellent credentials... like me.
Why imagine that muscle-head would be any different than the GOP lawmakers sent to DC, who staff their offices with a revolving-door cast of DC characters who are uniformly gay, Democrat, and hell-bent on sabotaging their Democrat friends back into office as soon as humanly possible? E.G. With cheap tricks like processing a Presidential Award for Tookie.
Dick Cheney and the Scooter also come to mind. Surprise, surprise when leaks to their leftist allies in the MSM undermine crucial policy.
Do these finks actually think Ted Kennedy, or any other top Democrat, has any Republican sympathizers on his staff? If Ahnolt thinks he was elected so a queer abortion advocate with a history of agitprop for far-left causes could run his office, those steroids did more harm to his swelled head than anyone may have previously imagined.
Newsflash! These Democrat appointees have more power on a day-to-day basis than the stupid Republicans who appoint them. Why just hand it to them?
Is California even governable anymore?
See any calls to change the Constitution lately?
"She's a very important key to being able to sit down with the Democrats," said Leon Panetta, the former chief of staff to President Clinton, who consulted with the Schwarzenegger administration on how to restructure the governor's office. "That can really make the difference for this governor as he goes into this next year."
"Schwarznegger Appoints Far-Left Radical Democrat Lesbian Abortion Advocate"....
What did he leave out here? Sheeesh. So much for the posibility of presidential aspirations, put a fork in him.
The Governor of Californistan better not grant clemency to Tookie Williams or he will receive no republican votes next year.
As much as I dislike the appointment, using the correct title would have been nice.
Kinda says it all don't it? He's not moving left, he has ALWAYS BEEN LEFT!!!
When the guy said, "We're not moving anywhere", he should have stopped right there and he would have at least been telling the truth.
Have you seen the latest judges he just appointed? Los Angeles didn't need any help moving further left.
I can't wait to see who he picks to replace Janice Roger Brown. That shoe should drop pretty soon.
However, good article from The Mercury, quite informative and showed good balanced reporting. Thanks for the post!
>>A social conservative, he ain't.
Nor does he have a fiscally conservative bone in his body, contrary to his campaign promises.
But is she a smoker?
I'm sure all you California conservatives are glad you voted for Ahnold rather than Tom, because the former "could win."
A terrorist midget. That's it.
One day this has all got to catch up with California. In the mean time, people keep moving in like the Gold Rush was still on. Is there something we don't know about besides the climate?
It's time to have another recall.......
"I'm getting more e-mails off of this [the Kennedy appointment] than I do for Viagra,"
LOL, that's a funny line.
Arnold's lost his mind. His political career is over.
Huh? What is balderdash/nonsense? Panetta has been Schwarzenegger's guy on more than this issue.
Imagine the transformation possible in LA with a few solid Republicans on the bench. What the hell is this muscle-bound Austrian thinking? In my state, once the Democrats took over, they replaced everyone with Democrat party members, from the dogcatcher on down to the judges.
Now I know what the Shi'a in Iraq went through when everyone in authority was Sunni! Maybe Ahnolt should face a little insurgency of his own out there in LALA Land.
That quote is from August. The two current announcements I posted on the thread would up that to 14 of 19 being Democrats. I'm not sure if there were more in the interim. A transformation in Los Angeles is happening--it's just moving the wrong way. Another opportunity lost.
This guy you trust? How do you ever hope to get rid of Boxer and Feinstein, if a Republican staffs up with supporters of these two mental midgets from Hell?
Well the night talk host on CA's leading Capitol radio station was not very encouraging on the clemency front, pointing out that Arnold roomed with the guy down on Venice Beach in 1976 amongst all the pumping iron crowd!
Now he's having a secret clemency hearing with Tookie to see if he should save the bastard murder's worthless life!!! Pathetic!!!
Just think of all the lives this gang punk has ordered snuffed out with drive by shootings that have included small children as collateral damage! Now Arnold has a distinct CONFLICT OF INTEREST because Tookie is/was one of his iron pumping buddies... Good Lord!!!
This bad actor should NEVER have been elected to ANY office with his lack of ANY sense of ANY solemnity, or gravity of being the Governor of America's most glorious state in the recent past!!!
He's been nothing but a ridiculous sock-puppet for CA's leftists while spitting on his own supposed Party that he is totally undermining.
Have any of you EVER heard him bring up the CA Republican Party's PLATFORM???
Mr. Universe found that too heavy to lift!!!
Nope. Not a bit. And many have tried to point out for two years now that there is little "Republican" about this governor or his administration. His actions have been highlighted over and over, but the media and the FR operatives continuously try to paint it as "Arnold haters". It has little to do with the man--but much to do with the man's actions and his alliances. In the meantime, things like appointing predominantly leftist judges keep going under the radar.
Am I the only one who finds it strange that a person on the right would complain about someone not being right enough to the LA Times?
The point is well taken, but why should someone on the right lend credibility to the LA Times by granting an interview in the first place? When they call, just say no!
The right really needs to quit lending credibility to the left by granting them interviews. The left is only going to spin what you have to say, or use it to their own ends.
I don't agree with Schwawrzenegger's appointment, but why give the LA Times fodder that will be used to trash Scwarzenegger before the election next year?
We should be spending our efforts trying to force a primary, not whining to the LA Times of all places.
Well, er, uh, um...
Ohhhhh.... maaaaaaaaaaaaaan! I knew they had met, and that Tookie was a body builder, but I didn't know they were roomies.
What a nightmare!
What's there to wonder about? Schwarzenegger isn't a conservative. Wow, who would have thunk it?
If the top California Republicans could pull their heads out long enough to make some of these observations, it's really too bad they couldn't keep their heads out long enough to do something about it, namely force a primary election on the right for next spring.
Policy was never the issue for them. Only the letter behind the name.
Prepare to be creeped out.
Ex-Crips founder and four-time convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams once wrote about an afternoon in 1976 when he met a young Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Venice Beach boardwalk, and the awestruck future Governor gushed that Williams biceps were as big as thighs.
Schwartzenegger continues to make the ultimate political mistake of claiming to be a "fiscal" conservative while pushing far left "social" values.
To me, conservatism IS traditional social values and in general they are:
love of Judeo-Christian families, opposition to libs who push homo agenda's, opposition to gay marriage, pro Life, support of a strong military, opposition to illegal immigration, opposition to "multi culturalism" (which in reality is anti American traditions), self reliance, etc.
Schwartznegger aint no more a Republican than my aunt Millie's hemeroid.
(My former congressdude, Rep. Greenwood (Bucks, Pa.) used to claim he was a "social liberal but fiscal conservative" but could never point to one thing concrete he did to claim the mantel of a Republican. (He even overturned his vote of the Clinton impeachment in the US House)
Go away, Arnold.
Yeah? Tough. They couldn't get off their fat asses and help Schwarzenegger pass his ballot initiatives.
Arnold is not Politically Clumsy, but I believe that Maria was probably the one Adviser that pushed this appointment. Think about it, who better to work really closely with the over-sexed womanizer Governor than someone that is totally grossed out sexually by men? Maria will have no worries with this Lesbian head to head with Arnold behind closed doors.
You just had to do that, dincha? ROFL!
That's what baffles me about this whole whine job. The only people that correctly objected to Schwarzenegger's other fiascos were generally people on this forum. I haven't heard a whimper in public from so-called Republican leaders regarding Schwarzenegger's blunders, with the exception of McClintock on occassion and very very few others. When it comes to the party leadership, I'm not sure that Tom is what you might term 'a Party Leader' anyway, although I do consider him to be a leader on issues.
Are you suggesting that this latest move left is in response to the special election?
If so, how do you justify all of his prior leftist appointments and actions? Leftist judges. Record borrowing and record spending. Global warming. Stem-cell research support. Promotion of the Sierra Nevada conservancy. Appointments of Tamminen (treehugger), Reiss (leftist activist), Henning (red-diaper boy), etc. These actions were taken at his height of popularity.
By the way, conservatives supported Props 73 through 75 strongly--those initiatives that were most conservative--as evidenced by their strong showing in the election results. More than likely, the ones who didn't show up at the polls were the uninterested mushy-middle electorate who showed up for the recall election to vote for an action hero. Those people will never serve as much of a "base" for a politician.
Scary isn't it?
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Conservatives need all the help they can get, even from the LA Slimes, to dump the Austrian. If we're lucky, the Austrian will be so wounded by next spring that a conservative can challenge and beat him in the Republican primary.
The important point is that the CAGOP needs to dump this affable, European, liberal, huckster before he destroys the Republican Party's public image and California's fiscal health.
I'd agree with you IF there were going to be a primary next spring. From what others have been saying, it's not going to happen. So much for CA's GOP leadership.