Lt. Governor candidate and California State Senator Tom McClintock (L) and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, November 2005.
The California Republican Party on Saturday sought to defuse criticism of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and rally support from a divided membership as it struggled for unity at the start of a pivotal election year.
At stake, they were told, are a second term for Schwarzenegger and whether the party can build on the momentum of the 2003 recall election that brought him to power.
“What do you think are greater — the differences among us as Republicans or the differences between us and the Democrats?” state Sen. Tom McClintock, a candidate for lieutenant governor, told hundreds of members attending the GOP’s winter convention. “This is the election that will decide whether the recall was a fleeting curiosity or whether it was an historic turning point.”
Schwarzenegger’s poll numbers are dismal among the GOP and now he NEEDS McClintock to FLACK for him?
How about if the Governor enacted policies that reflected Republican core ideals.
Is this asking too much?
“I don’t agree with the governor on everything, but I still support him,” McClintock said to a packed convention hall, a day after Schwarzenegger addressed the convention and told party members that they share common goals.
McClintock urged the GOP to show a “solid and steadfast commitment” to the party’s principles and the direction set by Schwarzenegger.
Everyone knows that McClintock has always been a poor political fundraiser. In fact, he has had few jobs outside of government that qualify him for higher office (much like his Ventura County chort, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell) and the donors know this. With Schwarzenegger he has found a willing “BANK” for his Lt. Governor race.
This display by Tom really is quite sad and pathetic.
And not everyone is buying the McClintock spin……
Some of those who have led the criticism of Schwarzenegger remained unconvinced.
Republican candidates for statewide office traditionally need at least 80 percent of the party vote to win, and at this point Schwarzenegger “doesn’t have that,” said Michael Spence, who heads the California Republican Assembly, a conservative wing of the party.
Regarding Schwarzenegger’s appeal for unity, he said, “I don’t care what he says at this point. I care about what he does.”
Will the call for UNITY ignite the GOP base to turn-out and vote for Arnold in November?
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California State Senator and Lt. Governor candidate Tom McClintock in San Jose at the California Republican Party Convention, February 24, 2006.
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