William Foster, Office of the Governor
Governor Schwarzenegger says he won’t be intimidated by the state prison guards’ effort to recall him. But some say it could be a real distraction for the Governor at a difficult time.
It was nearly five years ago that Governor Schwarzenegger was elected— the result of a recall effort against his former Governor Gray Davis. Now leaders in the state prison guards’ union—the California Correctional Peace Officers Association--- say they’re starting the process to recall Schwarzenegger. Union spokesman Lance Corcoran points to the budget impasse and the 15-billion dollar deficit.
“He’s shown a profound lack of leadership.”
Jack Pitney is a Government Professor at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. He says a recall could be a real distraction.
“The guards have the capability to mount a very serious effort which in turn means the Governor will have to make a very strong defensive effort precisely at the time when he’s being tied down in budget negotiations…”
Schwarzenegger responded to the news of the recall effort-- saying he is not intimidated by the union’s tactic amidst their efforts to obtain a new contract with the state.