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Transition of Power: Schwarzenegger's Legacy: Political Experts Weigh In

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Early in his first term, movie-star turned Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made some dramatic proclamations - like this one in his 2004 State of the State Address:


  "Every Governor proposes moving boxes around to reorganize government.  I don't want to move them around.  I want to blow them up."   


As the Governor's time in office ends, we're asking political experts to weigh in on whether he kept his promises.  Here's Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst at the University of Southern California:


 "It is a major blemish on Schwarzenegger's legacy that Schwarzenegger came in, promised to bust the boxes, promised to cut the state's credit cards, promised to balance the budget; he didn't do it!"   


Rob Stutzman is a former communications director for Schwarzenegger.  He says many things were out of the Governor's control:


  The economy and the dips in revenue obviously have inflated the deficit.  He just was never, especially with a democrat legislature, was never able to get real substantial reduction in the size of government which is really where you have to attack the government spending problems."


Governor-elect Jerry Brown will be sworn in January 3


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