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Now THAT Is a Veto ... Governator Arnie Spells It for the Assembly. [Oct. 29th, 2009|06:30 pm]
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Did Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger intend to send an extra message in his veto?

Did Schwarzenegger drop 4-letter bomb in veto?

Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

(10-27) 19:19 PDT SACRAMENTO -- Did Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office use a coded veto message to send the f-bomb to Tom Ammiano, soon after the San Francisco assemblyman made news by telling the governor to "kiss my gay ass"?

Schwarzenegger's people say no. But the X-rated evidence is hard to miss in a message that Schwarzenegger sent to explain why he was vetoing an Ammiano bill dealing with financing for the Port of San Francisco.

A straight reading of the guv's letter laments "the fact that major issues are overlooked while many unnecessary bills come to me for consideration," and concludes, "I believe it is unnecessary to sign this measure at this time."

But a vertical read of the far-left-hand letters in each of the missive's eight lines offers a more blunt explanation: "I f- you."

Schwarzenegger's press secretary, Aaron McLear, insisted Tuesday it was simply a "weird coincidence." He sent us veto messages the governor sent out in the past with linguistic lineups such as "soap" and "poet," which he said were also unintended.

"Something like this was bound to happen," McLear said.

Maybe. But the veto message came after Ammiano called the governor a liar and shouted from the audience to "kiss my gay ass" when Schwarzenegger unexpectedly showed up at a Democratic Party dinner in San Francisco on Oct. 7.

Ammiano later called Schwarzenegger's attendance at the event a "cheap publicity stunt" that wasn't at all amusing, in light of the governor's cuts in social services, ordered furloughs of state workers and failure to act on some gay-rights issues.

The governor's veto letter was in response to Ammiano's AB1176 - a rather mundane bill meant to help San Francisco's port with finance issues. The "coincidence" was first picked up on Tuesday by the Bay Guardian newspaper.

As for Ammiano, a professional comic in addition to being a liberal Democrat, he's playing it straight on this one: "They probably think they are even now," he said.

"I think it was very creative, and it's time to bury the hatchet," Ammiano added. "I'm not interested in prolonging it."

The hidden message - if that's what it was - "was certainly more subtle than 'kiss my gay ass,' " said Barbara O'Connor, political science professor at Sacramento State University. "But it shows the acrimony and bad feelings in Sacramento are pretty bad.

"I doubt if it was the governor himself," O'Connor said. "But maybe the staff was having a good time."

E-mail Matier and Ross at matierandross@sfchronicle.com.

Here is the link to Ammiano's Assembly Bill 1176. It was a basic bill to include waterfront property designation in the financing districts, for purpose of collecting more taxes. The bill also called to re-organize taxes to reflect a rise in property value.

The following image is the Governor's veto to AB 1176.

vv (Read Left Side of Page, from the Top on Down) vv
Left Side of Page, From Top on Down ... F-U-C-K-Y-O-U!
To the Members of the California State Assembly, F-U-C-K ... Y-O-U!

I don't really have an opinion on the Governator's rule. I understand that California is suffering almost similar malaise in terms of lost jobs and deficit to that of the state of Michigan. He may not be a very good governor. He is, however, a favorite actor of mine, and if he actually did carry out this strange message with full intent for the spelled-out phrase, then I suggest this be the response used by the Governor in an official statement:

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am writing to you in response to the veto I handed back to you, regarding AB 1176.

Any specific coded messages or perceptions thereof should be considered coincidence.

Moreso, I assure you that I intend no direct malice to Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

A simple occurrence of formatted text should not be considered a direct response to Mr. Ammiano,
who recently uttered for me, in no uncertain terms, to kiss his gay ass.  I am certain that
everyone will see my response for what the veto really means.  I reiterate that my legislature
still needs to pass more important bills, measures that will more greatly protect and benefit
our great state's people.  Certainly you understand the sincerity of my wish for the Assembly to
meet me with more worthwhile documents.  We are not in the business of carrying out spiteful and
esoteric retorts, of that I can wholeheartedly assure you.


Arnold Schwarzenegger