Monday, August 29, 2005

Is Anyone In Charge?

Is Arnold a liberal, conservative or just a confused celebrity? The answer does not matter. The real question is who is in charge fo the Govenrors office and is there a vision for the future of California?

The answer can be seen in the recent "negotiations" to cancel the Special Election. The Capitol Weekly's daily Roundup today says it all:

Meanwhile, Beth Fouhy takes a look at just how close lawmakers and Gov. Schwarzenegger got to a deal last week. "Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat well-versed in the art of the deal, was brought in by Schwarzenegger to participate. The move was seen by many in the Capitol as a slap at Pat Clarey, the governor's chief of staff. Until then, she and budget chief Tom Campbell had been his lead negotiators."

In a little bit of 1995 all over again, it was CTA and Pete Wilson who derailed the deal, critics say. "Democrats say Schwarzenegger was constrained by his own staff and advisers, who never wanted a deal. They complain that a battalion of Republican heavyweights - including former Gov. Pete Wilson - were enlisted to steer Schwarzenegger away from any agreement.

Neither the CTA or Pete Wilson are currently the Governor of California--they are outside interest groups.

CTA represeernts the worst in unions: claiming to represernt a group, students, parents and teachers, yet deamnd control over public policy from curriculum to same sex marriage and the election of legislators that that have the first deed on.

Wilson still can't get over not being Governor. He is the Shadow Government of California. The leaders of his Administration now have similar or better positions in the Schwarzenegger Administration. The Wilson political advisors are the same one's (except for Maria) that Arnold is using. They screwed up Prop. 187, now they are ruining a complete Special Election.

They don't mean to do that, but they want to prove they can govern--and they can't.

To make policy work, you need a go to person that when they speak you know it will happen. Special interests need to know that someone truly speaks for the govern in policy and politics. That person, or even group, does not exist. The Governors office has taken political action that has hurt the political operatives outside of government who work on behalf of the Governor. Communication is little and non existant.

The Governors people, except in rare instances, ever participate in the CRP. So, the CRP led by Duf Sundheim is given no direction by the head of the GOP in California, Arnold.

No only is the lack of leadership harming the policy of California, it is also harming the politics of the GOP>

For eighteen months the California Republican Party has been adrift. The attitude of Duf is to wait till the Governor tells him what to do. Since the corner office is saying nothing, Duf has done nothing. Allow me to define NOTHING: Duf opposed the CRP, in Board meetings, to set a budget for the CRP for the Special Election!

With no one in charge, everyone is in charge. Until the Governor empowers a person or group to set thr pace, not even the Democrats will know who to trust.

When you have to go to a former Democrat Speaker of the Assembly to speak for a Republican Governor in serious negotiations, you know the GOP and California is in trouble.


At 8/29/2005 10:14 AM, Blogger California Observer said...


I am glad you made this post. I was forumlating a similar one myself, but you hit it right on the head.

If I hear one complaint, over and over again from lobbyists, political consultants, the media, etc - basically anyone involved in public policy in California - it is that they don't know who can speak for the Governor.

I have heard countless stories of people who thought they had a deal with a "senior administration official," who then later could not deliver. I have heard from media who say no one in the press or communications office has access...etc etc etc.

I do not completely agree with your complaints about least with him, you knew that Bob White was in charge.

I have heard lobbyists refer to Governor Tamminen, and Chief of Staff Tamminen.

Your final answer...that it is a "spot on."

At 8/29/2005 10:53 AM, Blogger Charlie Regan said...

I think you are mostly right on about the Governor's problems, but I would add that there is one outside consultant - Mike Murphy - who was not part of the Wilson team and who seems to have more influence than just about anyone. His political advice is completely self-centered and his knowledge of California politics is sorely lacking. Unfortunately, he has tremendous and undeserved influence over the CRP and Kevin McCarthy as well.

At 8/29/2005 1:12 PM, Blogger Pete St. John said...



At 8/29/2005 4:18 PM, Blogger Shane Goldmacher said...

Speaking of blogs about California politics...I have a new one.

The California Observer will be updated daily with the goings of the Capitol from a Sacramento reporter.

I would love to exchange links.

At 8/29/2005 4:26 PM, Blogger William C. Ferrell said...

Did you all really expect sweeping change when Arnold hired all of the old number two ‎people from the Wilson administration? Arnold is a moderate. We all knew that when ‎he ran and he doesn’t deny it. Arnold is not going to be a champion for the conservative ‎movement ever. Personally and with no offense to the author of this post I am much ‎more interested to know who shot Suge Knight than what moderate is running the ‎governors office today.‎

At 8/29/2005 7:14 PM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

Things that make you go hmmm...

I am an insider in CA politics, but not THAT inside. Wow!!!

At 9/01/2005 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much rumur-mongering under the Capitol Dome in the last 3 weeks about an imminent change at the COS level for the Governator.

At 9/01/2005 10:29 PM, Blogger Techunter said...

I can't believe the size (or lack there of) of Arnolds balls. What happened to this man? I guess it turns out that he is no good at politics.

I heard from Jim Bognet who is Arnold's Chief Deputy in the Office of the Special Advisor for Jobs and Economic Growth and he told me that the Special Election is going to happen no matter what and that all of this negotiation crap is just a ruse to keep the governor's opponents off balance. He also says a huge ad blitz is being filmed right now and will be let loose exactly 30 days before the November 8th election...

We'll see...

Kevin D. Korenthal

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