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Monday, October 10, 2005

And what a coinkydink indeed

A watchdog group is calling on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to return a $105,000 donation from the insurance industry that came the same day he vetoed a bill the group opposed. A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said the timing was a coincidence.

The American Insurance Association donated the money Friday, the day Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have forced insurers to pay medical costs when people covered by Medi-Cal are injured in an accident caused by an insured driver.

In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said he rejected the bill and a similar one last year because they would encourage litigation and would drive up medical costs.

Gosh, I thought being an ultramultimillionaire meant the Gropenator could focus on governing, and not have to worry about fundraising

Then again, Gropenator advancing himself on the dime of others is nothing new at all

After all, he did wait until Darrell Issa's efforts to get the recall effort against then Gov Gray Davis succeeded, before he publicly declared his intention to run for the office himself

By that time, it's estimated Issa had spent over $8,000,000 of his own money to get that initiative on the ballot, then in an absolutely brilliant tactical & political move, Schwarzenegger jumped in the race after Issa had done the heavy (financial) lifting

With the Gropenator's poll numbers now tanking quickly, I'll bet Issa is enjoying a bit of Schadenfreude at the governor's expense

The real irony will be for Issa to somehow capitalize on the next big day at the voting booth


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