Arnold shops for shades, votes

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spent his Saturday shopping for votes and sunglasses. He went home with a pair of sleek Donna Karan shades that cost $189, but he’ll have to wait until Election Day to see how he did with voters. On a campaign swing through Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger was swarmed by shoppers at a mall in the Koreatown section, where he spent about a half-hour shaking hands and distributing fliers outlining his slate of proposals on the Nov. 8 ballot. Polls show the Republican governor is struggling to win support among Democrats and independents, and at an earlier appearance in the Wilshire district he was pointedly critical of members of his own party. Speaking to an Iranian community group, Schwarzenegger said “Democrats and Republicans alike” are responsible for soaring debt in Sacramento “but they won’t do anything about it.” The remark appeared aimed at convincing skeptical voters that his interests are broader than those of his own party or the corporate supporters that have contributed millions of dollars to his campaign. Asked later about his Republican roots, Schwarzenegger said, “What is more important, rather than party, is to be a servant of the people. “I don’t think when I make decisions, ‘What is best for my party?’ But I make decisions about what is best for the state of California,” he added. While Schwarzenegger pumped hands and signed autographs in Los Angeles, about 1,000 teachers, nurses and firefighters knocked on doors around the state asking voters to turn out next month to oppose his proposals. Schwarzenegger is pushing for passage of four ballot measures: Proposition 74, which would extend the probationary period for teachers to earn tenure; Proposition 75, which would require public employee unions to secure written permission from members before using their dues for political purposes; Proposition 76, which would give the governor more power to curb state spending; and Proposition 77, which would strip lawmakers of the power to draw their district boundaries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weekcenter_img Schwarzenegger stopped at an eyeglass shop in the Koreatown mall, where he bought the sunglasses and, after slipping them on, mugged for TV camera crews and photographers following him. With polls showing several of his initiatives lagging, the Republican governor implored voters to support him at the polls. He said many voters are still confused about his “year of reform” initiatives, which seek to undercut union political strength in Sacramento and slow state spending. “Let’s fix the broken system,” the governor told reporters after addressing the Iranian community leaders. “Do we want to have progress, reform, rebuild, or do we want to go and move backward and fail?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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