Schwarzenegger Optimistic Despite Setbacks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 21, 2005

 His poll numbers are down and there’s a legal effort to remove his redistricting initiative from the ballot.  State voters say they don’t want a special election anyway, and most recently he’s been forced to sever ties with two muscle magazine following charges of conflict of interest. But Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’s not giving up on a mega-deal with legislators that could present a united front in the fall special election. "I’m optimistic.  I don’t take no for an answer and we’re gonna continue working in that direction.  But we are running out of time.  And there will be a time where we will just say 'OK now the time has passed.' ”
 Earlier this week, Democratic Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Nunez said he was skeptical that a deal could be reached because time was running out to put something new on the ballot.
Nunez himself leaves Saturday for an eight day trip to Sweden and France.