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Easy come, not so easy go in Arnold Schwarzenegger recall bid

May 15, 2009 |  7:29 pm

California Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves recent budget negotiations

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is having a difficult year, what with multibillion-dollar state deficits, challenging budget negotiations (see photo above) and a foundering ballot measure campaign for next week's vote.

Now add to the mix a new petition to recall him from office, approved Friday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The recall petition is the second currently circulating to take the governor out of the California Capitol by the same door he came in

Most recall efforts prove unsuccessful. But ask Democratic ex-Gov. Gray Davis if they all do. 

The new petition’s main proponent is John D. Fusek of La Habra, representing a group calling itself Taxpayers United to Recall Governor Schwarzenegger (TURGS). It has until Oct. 22 to gather 1 million valid signatures in order to qualify for the ballot.

According to the petition,

The governor promised to reduce state spending and reform state government. Instead, he increased spending by over 40%, benefiting public sector unions and special interests, at the expense of taxpayers ….

The governor promised to help encourage job creation by reducing costly regulation. Instead he passed more job-killing mandates that are destroying California jobs and opportunity. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger must be held accountable for worsening the lives of California taxpayers, voters and families.

A Schwarzenegger spokeswoman, Julie Soderlund, declined to comment.

As for Schwarzenegger himself, he was in Los Angeles, as The Ticket reported earlier today, entertaining a huge commencement crowd at the University of Southern California with jokes, stories and some personal advice.

-- Michael Rothfeld

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