Just think for a moment about the three U.S. Governors most seen in the nationl media.
Governor Paterson of New York just passed up an opportunity to appoint Caroline Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, choosing instead a relative unknown House member supported by the NRA, Kirsten E. Gillibrand.
“Perhaps it would be a better idea to go at another time,” Paterson said. Or maybe never….
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is all over TV, apparently fighting to keep his hair from getting mussed in prison. His impeachment trial opened monday in Illinois but that is just an opening: there is sure to be a criminal trial.
Blago also caused his Demoicratic Party some heartburn during his dramatic naming of a former Illinois notable to fill the vacant Senate seat of barack Obama.
In California, Arnold stands tall like a Redwood.
Governor Schwarzenegger has warned that the Golden State is on the brink of insolvency; yet he seems to be working like a dog and in a bipartisan way to make things better….
“The prophets of doom and gloom are just not looking at the reality of California,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist at the Forecast.
“The government has created kind of a mess and that’s a problem to be solved, but the negatives are actually fairly small. I think you can expect a lot of good out of California,” he said.
The typically upbeat Schwarzenegger made international headlines this month when, instead of delivering his usual cheery “state of the state” speech, he issued a short, bleak message about California’s roughly $1.5 trillion economy.
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“Because of the deficit reduction and the desire to get it moving as soon as possible … perhaps it would be a better idea to go at another time … and stay right here with the leaders of the Legislature and work on the budget,” Paterson told reporters in Hyde Park, Dutchess County.
Some critics felt he should forgo the taxpayer-funded trip and stay in New York to deal with the $15.8 billion budget deficit.