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  Elias: Arnold recall a waste of time, money
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Sep 16, 2008 11:11am
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News DateTuesday, September 16, 2008 05:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCalifornia has rarely seen a governor more deserving of being thrown from office in a recall than Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's broken almost every promise he ever made; he's demonstrated steadfast ineptitude in managing state budget crises, and he has yet to fix a single one of the major political problems that led to his own election via the only recall of an American governor in the last 80 years.

And yet, the idea of a new recall to rid Sacramento of its current leading man - now being actively floated by the ultra-wealthy and powerful state prison guards union - makes little sense.

Unless, that is, your motive is either vindictive revenge or a wish to somehow skew the outcome of the next scheduled run for governor, in 2010.

The prison guards, formally known as the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, do have some reasons to seek revenge against Schwarzenegger. Most important is the fact that he did not list the 30,000 prison guards among essential public workers who would be exempted from his so-far-thwarted executive order to temporarily reduce state employee salaries to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour.

But it's the timing that makes this recall notion stink. Even if petitions began circulating today, it would likely be February or March before the more than 1 million valid voter signatures needed to force a special recall election could be collected and verified. That means an actual vote would probably come no sooner than midsummer of next year.
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