Governor Losing Conservative Appeal
Stewart A. Alexander
California Lieutenant Governor
Peace and Freedom Party
When Governor Schwarzenegger was voted into office in 2003, in the Recall Election of Governor Gray Davis, California voters embraced Schwarzenegger on a bold platform to reduce deficit spending, to balance the budget, and to move the people and state in the right direction; however approaching the 2006 elections the governor has lost the confidence of most Californians including conservatives.
The political woes of Schwarzenegger began in 2004 when his working relationship with state legislators began to deteriorate and Californians constantly observed the governor and legislators at odds. The governor has had a career of being on the screen but Californians grew tired of seeing Schwarzenegger on nightly television pushing his agenda to a statewide audience.
The greatest setback for Schwarzenegger was his decision to push forward with the November Special Election in 2005, refusing to develop a working relationship with state leaders and a broad cross-section of Californians.
When voters finally went to the polls in November it was basically a vote of no confidence on the governor’s agenda, his special election, and his ability to lead California.
The governor appears to be grabbing at straws to get his act back on track with his decision to recruit Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff, a decision that has caused him to lose favor among many conservative Republicans.
Even in strong conservative communities like Temecula and Murrieta, in Riverside County, many voters seem to have lost the appeal and excitement for Schwarzenegger. “I talk to people everyday in these two cities, this is my neighborhood, and at least 8 out of 10 people I speak with tell me they have been disappointed with Schwarzenegger, and many say they will not vote for the governor this year,” says Stewart Alexander, candidate for California Lieutenant Governor, for the Peace and Freedom Party.
Alexander says, “Most of the people I have spoken with say the governor has done a poor job and they believe his special election was a big mistake.”
Coming into 2006 the governor has changed his message to one of cooperation, seeking the support, for his public-works plans and bond proposals, from state legislators and voters; however Schwarzenegger still suffers from bleeding poll rating among voters statewide.
Alexander says, “I believe the people of Temecula and Murrieta are a fair sampling of the Republican’s conservative base and presently even to mention the name of Schwarzenegger is a sore subject. Arnold has a few more months to bring some life to his party, however the hour is late and all the excitement appears to be gone.”
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