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Capitol Community Bids Farewell to Governor Schwarzenegger at Gridiron Gala

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 2, 2010

The evening of political antics was framed as a telethon to help the state raise enough to money to close the budget deficit. It was hosted by actor and former Sacramento area T-V anchor John Alston.

"We're in the 400th hour of the telethon, which means we're almost to the half way point."

There were skits starring lawmakers and media personalities as well as videos spoofing the television show "Undercover Boss". They featured a Schwarzenegger impersonator visiting state employees on the job.

And there were a few fake election ads that poked fun at - among other things - Governor-elect Jerry Brown's age.

"He'd be the oldest governor in California history. Do you really want someone running the state who can't program a DVR or hand up a cell phone? Jerry Brown ... "

Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg put his own spin on a classic Sinatra tune. He focused on California's fiscal problems.

"That's why I plead, the record shows, I took the blows, so let's do it my way!"

And Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took to the stage to deliver a few laughs himself.

"I stand before you here tonight as probably the second most famous immigrant in the history of California. First is of course Meg Whitman's maid."

But it wasn't all jokes for the outgoing governor. Schwarzenegger thanked the press corps, his staff, and state workers for their service during his time as governor.

"The last seven years of course have certainly brought highs and lows. No two ways about it, a lot of highs and a lot of lows. But one thing is certain; there has been no greater honor, than serving the people of California."

Schwarzenegger also pledged to quote "charge through the finish lines and do as much work as possible" until his last day in office.


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