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article imageCalifornia Governor Compares State Legislators to Dogs

By Sandy Sand     Mar 14, 2009 in Politics
If there’s one thing California’s affable governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has never been accused of, it’s not having a sense of humor.
The Republican governor is known, too, for not holding back on what he thinks about the Democrats who control the state legislature, and made national headlines when he called them a bunch of “girlie men” when they could not agree on a previous budget.
Because the legislature just passed a tax-raising budget way past the budget deadline, it’s budget time again, and California is still in the red to the tune of $42 billion. In May, voters will to be faced with a half-dozen ballot measures authorizing the legislature to lower the tax boom on them once again.
Speaking about the budget before the Commonwealth Club of California at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, Schwarzenegger once again lit into the legislators saying they "are guilty of political cynicism at its worst."
That observation was nothing compared to the coup de gras that followed when he compared them to a problem he has with his pets.
"At my house, we have dogs, and I'm the one in charge of feeding them every morning. ... If I put out a whole week's food, they would eat it all and not have anything to eat for the rest of the week. Dog food, tax revenues -- it's the same thing."
Now, he added:
"Some smart-aleck reporter will say "governor compares the legislature to dogs."
"But I'm not going to do that -- because I love my Labradors."
At the conclusion of the event, Schwarzenegger was asked by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, if he’s considering any other campaigns once he’s termed out of office, such as a run for a U.S. Senate seat, the governor replied:
"I have my hands full with all the stuff I'm doing now. I'm concentrating on that and not what I'm going to do next. You know," he added, as he signed autographs, "I'm not a politician. I'm a public servant. I have no interest in a political career."
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