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CA: Governor's new chief of staff piles it on / Susan Kennedy now also is head campaigner ^ | 2/5/06 | Carla Marinucci

Posted on 02/05/2006 9:26:08 AM PST by NormsRevenge

Susan Kennedy has been described as Satan, a sellout, a traitor, a spy -- and a brilliant political operative.

And if that's not enough, Kennedy -- the Democratic workhorse who has become Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's chief of staff -- has recently assumed one more title: head campaigner.

As she goes around the state -- from boardroom to business group, talking up Schwarzenegger's $222 billion Strategic Growth Plan -- the former top aide to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis is unapologetic about her chief priority these days: "To get Arnold Schwarzenegger re-elected.''


In an unusual arrangement, she is paid as the governor's chief of staff, and separately as a campaign adviser.

Already, her $131,000 taxpayer-funded state salary as chief of staff has been bolstered by at least $25,000 for political consulting to the Schwarzenegger campaign, state financial records show. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Kennedy received the bonus from Schwarzenegger's campaign late last year after the governor had announced her new appointment, but while she remained a member of the state Public Utilities Commission. In addition, Kennedy will get $75,000 more this year for her campaign work, administration sources confirmed.

The new jobs, she said, come after years as a public servant and policy wonk -- and she is matter-of-fact about why now.

"I'm 45 years old; I got a mortgage to pay,'' Kennedy said. "And staying in state government was not in my plan. If I'm working 80 hours a week, why shouldn't I be compensated for giving strategic advice to the campaign -- just like the boys?

"I've done 25 years of political campaigns. I bring a lot of value on those issues.''

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; campaigner; chiefofstaff; pileson; schwarzenegger; susankennedy

1 posted on 02/05/2006 9:26:10 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like Arnold has decided: "if you can't lick em, join em".

2 posted on 02/05/2006 9:28:06 AM PST by kimosabe31
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To: kimosabe31; calcowgirl

I love 'pile it on' in the title .. :-\ lol

only in SF could they use a headline about a lesbian in gubamint that way and get away with it. ;-)

what a mess.. the straw that brokebacks..
literally, across the Ca GOP,
a wound, likely mortal,
inflicted by a guy
with an R by his name.
who'da thunk?

3 posted on 02/05/2006 9:32:28 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ...
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To: All

some quotes%"insight" from former players in the game, worth checking out, imo.

Ever wonder where Gary South is these days? Go Westly, young man. ;-)

4 posted on 02/05/2006 9:36:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ...
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To: kimosabe31

Arnold has done more to ruin the Republican party than any dem could ever do. It has now come. in my case, that as the Klintoons, I turn them off whenever I see or hear them. I knew this would be the result of voting these less even than RINOs in. I believe it is way overdue but get your "Don't Blame Me - I Voted For McClintock" bumper stickers out.

5 posted on 02/05/2006 9:42:48 AM PST by Digger
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To: NormsRevenge

She truly lives up to the "Kennedy" name.

6 posted on 02/05/2006 9:56:18 AM PST by calcowgirl
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To: NormsRevenge

There is discussion in our local Rep. Party that there is only one Republican left on his staff. He has also appointed many Green and liberal appointees. There are questions as to whether there is any difference between leadership under Arnold and a Democratic candidate (except Bustamante.)

7 posted on 02/05/2006 11:35:13 AM PST by marsh2
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To: Digger

The CA repub party (except for McClintock) was pretty much shambles before Arnold. Except for Tom, I can't think of another repub I'd crap on. There wa sreally very little for arnold to destroy. At least he retracted a$$hole gray davis' 4 fold increase in auto registration.

8 posted on 02/05/2006 11:46:00 AM PST by kimosabe31
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To: NormsRevenge
$206K per year, access to the Republican's big donors, access to the Democrat's legilslative leaders, the mantle of acceptablity cloaking your persnal perversions plus all the secrets you can shove down your drawers on the way out of CRP strategy meetings.

It just keeps getting better.

Expect the Austrian to appoint a Peace and Freedom Party pedophile as his Director of Children's Outreach.

9 posted on 02/05/2006 11:49:49 AM PST by Amerigomag
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