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Schwarzenegger tells hometown to remove his name from stadium
AP - Monterey County Herald ^ | December 19, 2005 | JENNIFER COLEMAN

Posted on 12/19/2005 1:52:29 PM PST by calcowgirl

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday told officials in his hometown in Austria to remove his name from a sports stadium and stop using his name to promote the city.

The governor's request came after politicians in Graz began a petition drive to rename the stadium, reacting to Schwarzenegger's decision last week to deny clemency to condemned inmate Stanley Tookie Williams. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria.

In a letter that began "Dear Mister Mayor," Schwarzenegger said he decided to spare the Graz city council "further concern" should he be forced to make other clemency decisions while serving as California's governor. He faces another such decision regarding a 75-year-old inmate scheduled to be executed Jan. 17.

"In all likelihood, during my term as governor, I will have to make similar and equally difficult decisions," Schwarzenegger said in the letter. "In order to spare the responsible politicians of the city of Graz further concern, I withdraw from them as of this day the right to use my name in association with the Liebenauer Stadium."

The stadium had been renamed for the former Hollywood star in 1997. He said he wanted the lettering removed by year's end.

Schwarzenegger initially declined to respond to the political backlash after he denied clemency for Williams, the co-founder of the Crips gang who was convicted of four 1979 murders. Williams was executed shortly after midnight Dec. 13.

The Graz city council was expected to take up the matter on Jan. 19. The proposal to rename the stadium had support from the Greens party and the Social Democrats, giving it majority backing.

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said the letter was faxed to Graz city hall on Monday.

In it, Schwarzenegger also said he would no longer permit the use of his name "to advertise or promote the city of Graz in any way" and would return the city's "ring of honor."

The ring was given to him in a ceremony in Graz in 1999. At the time, Schwarzenegger said he considered it "a token of sincere friendship between my hometown and me.

"Since, however, the official Graz appears to no longer accept me as one of their own, this ring has lost its meaning and value to me. It is already in the mail," the governor wrote.

The letter notes that city officials will receive a follow-up letter from Schwarzenegger's attorney.

Despite the dispute with Graz officials, Schwarzenegger said he "will remain with all my heart a Grazer, a Steierer and an Austrian."

Steier is the state that includes Graz.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: austria; austrian; capitalpunishment; deathpenalty; graz; liebenaustadium; schwarzenegger; stadium; tookie
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1 posted on 12/19/2005 1:52:29 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

For once I'm pleased and impressed with the governator.


2 posted on 12/19/2005 1:54:18 PM PST by Shalom Israel (Buh-bye boys! Have fun stormin' the castle!)
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To: calcowgirl

Ouch. Way to go, Arnie!


3 posted on 12/19/2005 1:54:30 PM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: calcowgirl

This is good. It deprives the socialist and green to make it an issue in any election.


4 posted on 12/19/2005 1:55:06 PM PST by paudio (Is it OK to say Merry Christmas to you...?)
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To: calcowgirl

That'll leave a mark.


5 posted on 12/19/2005 1:55:20 PM PST by TheBigB ("Hey, barkeep, whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?"--Brian Griffin)
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To: calcowgirl

WOW. Interesting.


6 posted on 12/19/2005 1:55:33 PM PST by Nea Wood (A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children. Proverbs 13:22)
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To: calcowgirl

Too bad opposition to murder wasn't strong in Austria in the 1940's.


7 posted on 12/19/2005 1:55:35 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: calcowgirl

Damn. Hasta la vista, Graz.


8 posted on 12/19/2005 1:55:49 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: calcowgirl

Talk about a preemptive strike! Nicely done Governor.


9 posted on 12/19/2005 1:56:10 PM PST by Gator101
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To: calcowgirl

Going to be renamed "Tolerant, But Dead" Stadium.


10 posted on 12/19/2005 1:56:52 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: calcowgirl

The city of GRAZ just got PWN3D by the Governator....


11 posted on 12/19/2005 1:57:07 PM PST by MikefromOhio
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To: TheBigB

It WILL leave a mark. A big mark. After they remove the letters.

Schwarzenegger is a long name. tee hee


12 posted on 12/19/2005 1:57:34 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers. [Stolen from Mark Steyn].)
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To: calcowgirl

This outrage comes from a country that still has people alive who worked at Mauthausen, the worst concentration camp of them all. They specialized in working Jews (and even some captured US airmen) to death within a matter of days at a stone quarry.


13 posted on 12/19/2005 1:58:15 PM PST by Altair333 (We can build a wall on our border with Mexico for 10 billion dollars)
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To: calcowgirl

That'll leave a mark. Good call, Governor.


14 posted on 12/19/2005 1:59:23 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Shalom Israel
Ouch!! "Von't be zo good for tourizm in your little tourizt trap to hav to rename ze stadium, vill it?? Freaking Euroweenies!!

Ha Ha Ha ...

15 posted on 12/19/2005 2:01:56 PM PST by Babu
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To: calcowgirl

Arnold does a twofer...nixing tookie and nixing the graz fools. Right on Ahhnold!


16 posted on 12/19/2005 2:02:34 PM PST by fizziwig
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To: calcowgirl

17 posted on 12/19/2005 2:04:51 PM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: Babu

I can hear his voice in my head as read that! Hilarious!


18 posted on 12/19/2005 2:05:14 PM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: calcowgirl

I have been highly critical of the Governator when he has deserved it. I didn't vote for him and may not in the future. Having said that, this is one of the best moves I've ever seen a politician or office-holder make. It is bold and puts him on offense rather than on defense. It tells me that he is truly an American and is more concerned about California and its citizens than what his former home country thinks. Of course, they can't vote for him here, anyway, but this is a prime example of what GOP pols should do when put on the defensive. GO ON OFFENSE. I don't know who's idea this was. Even if it was Gray Davis' ex-chief of staff who came up with it, it's pure brilliance.


19 posted on 12/19/2005 2:06:06 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: Altair333

I've been to Mauthausen. It is one uncomfortable place to be.

Many Russians were also killed there.


20 posted on 12/19/2005 2:06:22 PM PST by RowdyYates
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To: calcowgirl

"In all likelihood, during my term as governor, I will have to make similar and equally difficult decisions," Schwarzenegger said in the letter. "In order to spare the responsible politicians of the city of Graz further concern, I withdraw from them as of this day the right to use my name in association with the Liebenauer Stadium."

That's gotta smart! Put them back in there place in the most professional manner. Now they look like Euro-hicks.


21 posted on 12/19/2005 2:06:50 PM PST by Sax
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To: Shalom Israel; calcowgirl
...And THAT is the only way to deal with these hand-wringing hypocrites!
22 posted on 12/19/2005 2:07:27 PM PST by Huber ("The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke)
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To: Frank_Discussion

I wonder how the local people feel about their favorite son being pushed out by the Eurinals.


23 posted on 12/19/2005 2:10:00 PM PST by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: calcowgirl

Arnold to Graz: Kiss my a**!


24 posted on 12/19/2005 2:10:24 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: calcowgirl

Excellent!
Leave France and Austria and the rest of secular socialist old Europe for the Democrats to worship.


25 posted on 12/19/2005 2:10:24 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: calcowgirl

good for him - I'm beginning to understand his wry style


27 posted on 12/19/2005 2:11:32 PM PST by Republicus2001
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To: calcowgirl

'...stop using his name to promote the city.'
Why not call the stadium 'The Tookie Dome'?


28 posted on 12/19/2005 2:14:53 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: MikeinIraq

29 posted on 12/19/2005 2:15:29 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: calcowgirl

Too bad he didn't show this savvy and "brass" in dealing with the Leftistlature during his first key months in office, while he had the post-recall momentum. Ah well. It's gotten to the point where I'm pleasantly surprised whenever Arnold says or does anything that smells conservative anymore. (Even if it IS about a sports stadium 5000 miles away.)


30 posted on 12/19/2005 2:18:13 PM PST by pogo101
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To: calcowgirl

Arnie finds his nads after groping in the dark for a long time!


31 posted on 12/19/2005 2:25:55 PM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: JeffersonRepublic.com
I wonder how the local people feel about their favorite son being pushed out by the Eurinals.

Here is one opinion I found. There are probably other views, but I don't know German.

32 posted on 12/19/2005 2:26:13 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

ROFLMHO!!!!!!!


33 posted on 12/19/2005 2:26:53 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: calcowgirl

This was an honorable move by Governor Schwarzenegger.


34 posted on 12/19/2005 2:27:36 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Merry Christmas .... and Happy New Year ... you can take your seat now ...")
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To: SteveJudd
Maybe they can rename the stadium after Tookie Williams and Mumia Al-Jamal.

I read the Greenies actually proposed renaming it "Tookie Williams Memorial Stadium".

35 posted on 12/19/2005 2:27:40 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl
Dual citizenship has its problems. Dual citizenship derived from extralegal contrivances has the potential for real problems. Some are social, others are legal and yet others political. The stadium name issue is purely social.

Schwarzenegger's response is smart. Capitulate on the minor social embarrassment to avoid precipitating the legal issue. If Schwarzenegger's Austrian citizenship is inserted into this fray through an unnecessary escalation, by Schwarzenegger, of a local, domestic, political spat in Austria, much more serious political ramifications are avoided in the US.

36 posted on 12/19/2005 2:33:47 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: duckman
I think "The Adolph Hitler Dome" would be a better choice. Better recognition, and an Austrian to boot!

Though, admittedly, I'd be hard pressed to come up with any other famous Austrians. Ernst Mach. Duke Ferdinand. von Trapps
still make the news here in VT. I haven't been paying attention to winter sports that much.

But the entertainment industry doesn't have any AA programs for Austrians, either, that I know about.

37 posted on 12/19/2005 2:36:59 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: calcowgirl

Nice move.


38 posted on 12/19/2005 2:38:10 PM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: calcowgirl
Here is one opinion I found. There are probably other views, but I don't know German.

Either our understanding of this is wrong, or their understanding is wrong- from what I've read, I suspect it is their understanding.

They don't seem to understand that Arnold is the one 'doing', not the city.

39 posted on 12/19/2005 2:50:55 PM PST by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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To: pogo101
Too bad he didn't show this savvy and "brass" in dealing with the Leftistlature - Girlie men was pretty good
40 posted on 12/19/2005 2:55:18 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: calcowgirl
Way to go Arnie!

Tell 'em.

41 posted on 12/19/2005 2:57:17 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: calcowgirl

Good start Arnie

Now renounce your 'dual' citizenship and be a REAL American

and all the rest of our dual citizen leaders should follow

Lieberman included...

imo


42 posted on 12/19/2005 3:04:33 PM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit my sister-we knew just what to do- gather large rocks & squash her-Mullet Ho'mar)
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To: calcowgirl

Wow. I wonder if he spit on the ring before putting it in the envelope?


43 posted on 12/19/2005 3:06:48 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: calcowgirl

Sending back the ring too, now that is the mark of genius.


44 posted on 12/19/2005 3:13:49 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: calcowgirl

Ouch. Arnie just left a good-sized footprint on someone's backside. Good for him.


45 posted on 12/19/2005 3:16:59 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: calcowgirl

I can see the closing line now...

"Tschuess, Schatzi!"


46 posted on 12/19/2005 3:20:47 PM PST by Prost1 (Sandy Berger can steal, Clinton can cheat, but Bush can't listen!)
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To: calcowgirl
"It is already in the mail"

Awesome!! You go GOV!!

47 posted on 12/19/2005 3:24:20 PM PST by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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To: SF Republican

It was pretty good, but if memory serves, he didn't bust out the "girly man" talk for many months. (I may be wrong.) In any event, I felt he was too accommodating at first, instead of using his mandate. The voters largely forgot their anger once the recession swelled the tax coffers, and they started to "buy into" the $100M + union lies about the reform measures. gah.


48 posted on 12/19/2005 3:29:55 PM PST by pogo101
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To: calcowgirl
He said he wanted the lettering removed by year's end

Nice touch. IOW, do it NOW

49 posted on 12/19/2005 3:34:56 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: calcowgirl

I suppose it could be renamed for Tookie.


50 posted on 12/19/2005 3:37:59 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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