Schwarzenegger Flips Off California Legislature
November 13, 2009 · Posted in Government
A hidden message from the governor:
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is ticked off.
He’s tired of signing bills that don’t address the pet causes he deems important. So when another unworthy bill crossed his desk recently for signing — addressing funding issues for the Port of San Francisco — the guv vetoed it and sent lawmakers a little note saying why. Only the note said a little more than lawmakers were expecting.
Buried in the text was a hidden message directed at State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, author of the bill, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Ammiano had strongly criticized the governor in early October and reportedly told Schwarzenegger at the time to “kiss my gay ass.” Schwarzenegger’s veto letter, issued a couple of days later, reads:
Missed the hidden code? The Bay Guardian has helpfully picked it out:
When asked by the Guardian if the message was intentional, Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said only, “what a strange coincidence.” The paper noted that he was “clearly being sarcastic.”
… water reform, prison reform, and health care are indeed the major issues that California representatives should be dealing with before even considering for a second any more hideous spending programs with no end in sight.
I understand the Governor’s frustration and do realize that this message is obviously and intentional note of frustration and rebuke.