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Rep. Nunes calls on Schwarzenegger to resign [UPDATED]

April 17, 2009 | 12:59 pm

Updated 2:55 p.m.: Schwarzenegger spokesman Matt David issued this response: "Governor Schwarzenegger has led the fight for reforming California’s broken water system by bringing all interested parties to the table and working with Senator Feinstein to craft a comprehensive water package.

"Congressman Nunes’ attempt to grab headlines with finger pointing will not solve this problem and will only lead to the same gridlock that has paralyzed the water debate in this state for the last 50 years. We encourage Congressman Nunes to be part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem."

Original post:

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) said today that California’s GOP standard-bearer, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, should step down for his “failure to respond to the ongoing California water crisis.”

Nunes, a Central Valley Republican, sent out his statement on the day Schwarzenegger appeared at the San Luis Reservoir for the last stop of a march organized by the Latino Water Coalition. The governor this week also held a news conference with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for the announcement of millions in federal funding for California’s water infrastructure as the state heads into a fourth year of drought.

Though the governor has repeatedly called for action on a variety of measures to deal with the problem, Nunes said the governor’s similar remarks at the water march were “lip service.” He said Schwarzenegger should quit because of the lack of progress, and also faulted the governor for “ducking” the issue of pumps to get water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

“When a government can’t provide the people access to a reliable supply of water, it has failed,” Nunes said. “This government has utterly failed and Governor Schwarzenegger should resign from office.” 

Seems unlikely that Schwarzenegger will take the advice, but, of course, Nunes won’t have long to wait as the governor leaves office at the end of next year anyway.

-- Michael Rothfeld