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Talk of the town: Arnold's election draws mixed response

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected as governor of California Tuesday after Gov. Gray Davis was cast out of office by a recall vote. Hoosiers aren't sure what to think about the Terminator running the Golden State.

A random, man-on-the-street survey was conducted yesterday in downtown Brazil. Opinions were varied and frank when asked, as a Hoosier, what do you think about Arnold Schwarzenegger getting elected as governor of California.

Debbie Hobson, dispatcher at the Brazil City Police Department, expressed the view of many when she said, "I really don't know what to think about that."

Virgil Whittington off-ered, "I don't know enough about what's going on out there to give an answer. He's a smart man and he's got a lot of money. I don't know why he wanted to be governor. But that's the way it is so I guess it's OK."

Mary Girton, of Knightsville, pondered a while before responding.

"I really don't know what I think about that," she said. "It's his name and popularity that got him elected. Don't you think? I don't really know what the entire recall vote was all about. It's about money, how's Arnold Schwarzenegger going to solve that problem?"

Rich Lorenze thinks it's worth a try. "Well, basically, if things aren't working, why not try somebody else?"

Tammy Davis, who was getting ready to go grocery shopping with her new baby said, "I don't know what to think of it. If he can do the job, it's OK. If he can't do the job he should be recalled too."

"I don't like him!" Marjorie Rogers said adamantly when asked the question. "I don't even watch him in the movies. There's just something about him I don't like. But I don't live out there so it don't matter to me."

Marjorie's husband, Roy Rogers, added, "Just make that two. I don't even watch him on TV."

Local attorney, Jim Deal, was more interested in Indiana than California and had some strong feelings about who holds the office of governor.

"We need to recall our current governor since we didn't elect him anyway," Jim said. "And we need to replace him with a native Hoosier with proven problem solving abilities such as Florence Henderson. Was there anything Mrs. Brady couldn't solve in 30 minutes?"

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