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  Democrats Slam Schwarzenegger's "Tonight Show" Appearance
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Last EditedPatrick  Oct 11, 2006 10:02pm
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News DateThursday, October 12, 2006 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWith an election about four weeks away, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting a free publicity boost thanks to late-night host Jay Leno.

If Schwarzenegger had to pay for it, the five or seven minutes of national TV exposure that "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is providing him Wednesday undoubtedly would cost the governor several million dollars.

Now, Democrats and state Treasurer Phil Angelides are going after Leno for treating Schwarzenegger more like a celebrity than a politician. They want equal time on the NBC program or nothing at all for the Republican.

Today, Rep. Xavier Becerra, who represents a large section of Los Angeles County, wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to "act immediately" if Schwarzenegger appears on the show.

Becerra wrote: "Use of the broadcast spectrum is granted as a public trust. It is not to be used to favor certain candidates. Clearly, an appearance by a candidate on an entertainment program that reaches all of California's voters provides favorable treatment to that candidate."
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