Sunday, November 01, 2009

Utterly unprofessional...but supremely funny

This came out a couple of days ago, but it's still worth notice today.

From's Political Insider (relevent sections highlighted by me) -

From California comes news of a veto letter issued Oct. 12 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that may have been written with a secret message for its recipient: state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.


To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature.

For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while many

unnecessary bills come to me for consideration. Water reform, prison reform, and health

care are major issues my Administration has brought to the table, but the Legislature just

kicks the can down the alley.

Yet another legislative year has come and gone without the major reforms Californians

overwhelmingly deserve. In light of this, and after careful consideration, I believe it is

unnecessary to sign this measure at this time.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

The bill that was the putative subject of the letter was one sponsored by Ammiano to benefit a shipyard in San Francisco, and the bill passed through both chambers of the California lege unanimously.

Schwarzenegger has denied that there was any secret message and that the alignment of the letters at the beginning of each line was just a coincidence.

However, apparently a few weeks ago Ammiano appeared on stage after Schwarzenegger at a Democratic event, and suggested that the governator "kiss [his] gay ass" for his failure to support same-sex marriage (and other issues).

Apparently, Schwarzenegger has declined Ammiano's invitation. :)

When reached for comment, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said "That letter was utterly unprofessional, and I wish I had staffers who were clever enough to achieve that 'coincidence' in some of my letters to the Legislature. This polite and tactful stuff just isn't working out for me."*

* = This is satire. It's just a joke. Brewer never said that to me. I would never seriously accuse her of having a sense of humor or wanting to have staffers who have a sense of humor.