California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, shakes hands with supporters after announcing that he would seek re-election, at a town hall meeting in San Diego, Friday, Sept. 16, 2005. Schwarzenegger has hinted as much for weeks, saying as recently as Wednesday that he wanted to stay and fix the ‘broken system’ of state government. The announcement was timed to coincide with the state Republican convention in Anaheim, which Schwarzenegger will address Saturday afternoon.
The ASSociated Press has Schwarzenegger Says He’ll Seek Re-Election.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed an open secret Friday, telling supporters that he’s running for re-election next year â€” an early announcement designed to re-energize his sagging political momentum.
“I’m going to follow through with this here. I’m not in there for three years. I originally got into this … to finish the job. I’m in there for seven years,” he told an enthusiastic crowd of about 200 invited guests. “Yes, I will run for governor.”
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The announcement was timed to coincide with the state Republican convention in Anaheim, which Schwarzenegger will address Saturday afternoon.
The challengers already are lining up. State Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly have announced they will seek the Democratic nomination. Two liberal Hollywood luminaries, director Rob Reiner and actor Warren Beatty, also have been mentioned as possible candidates.
Let the 2006 California election season begin.
Flap will be covering and blogging the Governor’s luncheon speech tomorrow.
From the California Republican Party’s Official Press Release:
California Republican Party (CRP) Chairman Duf Sundheim released the following statement today after Governor Schwarzeneggerâ€™s announcement that he will run for re-election:
â€œGovernor Schwarzeneggerâ€™s announcement that he will run for re-election is great news for Californians. The Governor was sent to Sacramento to fix Californiaâ€™s broken system of government and he has worked tirelessly during his time in office to make reform a reality. Todayâ€™s announcement from the Governor lets all Californians know that he will not stop working until the job is done.
â€œThe Governor has the full support and backing of the CRP and we will continue to work with him to restore responsibility and accountability to our state government.â€
Stay tuned…. the California campaign for 2006 has just started.
Read the spin from the New York Times here.
“The invincible Teflon-coated superhero turns out not to be able to repeal the law of gravity,” said Martin Kaplan, who studies politics and popular culture at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. “Once your poll numbers fall below 40 percent, you are fair game for anyone. Gary Coleman probably thinks he could beat him now.”
But, what do you expect from the New York Times.
Cross-posted to the Bear Flag League Special Election Page