Wednesday, September 21, 2005
America's bustiest governor has politely asked the President to stay the fuck out of California for a month or so prior to the November special elections. The official reason is "donor fatigue," but Mr. Schwarzenegger is surely aware that his ballot initiatives are unpopular to begin with, and would not much benefit by association with Mr. Bush, whose approval numbers are creeping inexorably downward into the thirties. Not even Wile E. Coyote would knowingly chain his hind leg to the boulder teetering at the lip of the plateau:
Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday he wants President Bush to delay a planned October fundraising visit to California because the governor fears it will siphon off donations he needs to help his Nov. 8 special election measures.Categories: Schwarzenegger, Bush, popularity
"In the next two months, it would be better if we just do the fundraising," Schwarzenegger said in an interview with The Chronicle. "Then let us go (past) our special election -- and then they can pick it up again, the (Republican) national committee."
Schwarzenegger stressed that he and Bush have "a terrific relationship" and added, "the president is always welcome in our state. Any way I can help him, I will help him."
But in an interview with The Chronicle, Schwarzenegger acknowledged the huge pressure to raise millions of dollars for the three measures he has backed in the special election. The governor said that effort will be made more difficult if the Republican president goes forward with a fundraiser for the national party scheduled Oct. 22 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
"But they do whatever they want to do, because after all, it's a free country," Schwarzenegger said. "As much as I go outside the state and raise money, and his brother (Florida Gov. Jeb Bush) helped me in Florida -- I mean, it's like, live and let live."