Pardon Me????

Posted on January 3, 2011


Arnold Schwarzenegger.  What a total fraud.  I guess this is the ideal time to sum up Arnold as a former governor.  I’ll just refer to him as Arnold.   I’m weary of him, his lack of leadership and I don’t even feel like going to the trouble of spelling his last name anymore.   Apparently, I’m not alone.  Arnold’s approval rating is a robust 22% here in ‘Cully-Forn’Ya’.   If Arnold was a car, we’d have returned him to the dealership for a refund under the Lemon Law.  He epitomizes what I describe in my explanation of a ‘Blasted Fool’ – someone who Fubars their fame near to complete annihilation.  What do we have to show for electing this RINO poster boy?   Higher taxes, more debt, massive unemployment, a job killing ‘Global Warming Solutions Act’, etc.  We also have a Democrat legislature.  Yes, we had one before, but I can’t imagine the Republican Party in this state (if there still is one), being any more demoralized and crippled than under a Democrat Governor.  Oh, wait – we DID have a Democrat Governor – Arnold just used the R next to his name to run a 3 card Monte game on us.  This time around we’ll return to ‘truth in advertising’ – Brown is a Democrat and sees no need to masquerade as anything but.  I think I’m done talking about Ahh-nold, with the exception of this last bit of news which illustrates what a schlock and a shyster Arnold is better than anything else I could add to the comments above.  The comments of the murder victim’s father express my thoughts on this travesty with the utmost precision:

Governor reduces sentence of former Assembly speaker’s son

The action involving Esteban Nuñez, who had pleaded guilty to participating in the killing of a college student, comes amid a flurry of final-day pardons and appointments by Schwarzenegger.

By Evan Halper and Tony Perry, Los Angeles TimesJanuary 3, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento and San Diego —

On his final night in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Esteban Nuñez, who had pleaded guilty to participating in the killing of a college student.

The governor also granted several other commutations and pardons and gave plum government appointments to political allies and the spouse of his chief of staff. Schwarzenegger announced the moves in a batch of eleventh-hour press releases e-mailed to reporters.

Esteban Nuñez, now 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of Luis Santos. Schwarzenegger cut the prison term to seven years, noting in a statement that Nuñez, although involved in the fight that ended in Santos’ death, did not inflict the fatal knife wound. Schwarzenegger cited a finding by the court that it was Esteban Nuñez’s friend Ryan Jett who stabbed Santos, “severing his heart.”

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“I do not discount the gravity of the offense,” the governor’s statement said. “But given Nuñez’s limited role in Santos’ death, and considering that … Nuñez had no criminal record prior to this offense, I believe Nuñez’s sentence is excessive.”

Schwarzenegger’s action — one of 10 commutations issued by Schwarzenegger during his tenure — infuriated the victim’s family.

“We are totally outraged,” said Fred Santos, father of Luis Santos. “For the governor to wait until the last day in hopes it would fly under the radar is an absolute injustice.”

Santos, a software engineer in Concord in Northern California, said Esteban Nuñez “had already gotten lucky once” when prosecutors accepted a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid standing trial on murder charges, which could have led to a life sentence.

Santos said the family was not warned about the impending commutation and learned about it Sunday from reporters.

“The governor did not even have the courtesy to notify the victim’s family,” he said. “This is dirty politics: cutting backroom deals. I guess if you’re the son of somebody important, you can kill someone and get all sorts of breaks.”

A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said late Sunday that the governor’s office would have no further comment.

Fabian Nuñez, a Democrat who is no longer in the Legislature, grew close to the governor while he was speaker. The two worked together to pass the state’s landmark global warming law, a signature achievement of Schwarzenegger’s tenure.

Nuñez is now a business partner of the governor’s chief political advisor at the consulting firm Mercury Public Affairs.

The stabbing took place in October 2008, after Esteban Nuñez and three friends had spent a night partying and drinking near San Diego State University and set upon Santos, a student at San Diego Mesa College, when they were refused entry into a fraternity party.

In exchange for having a murder charge dropped, Nuñez pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault. But he received the same sentence as Jett, who admitted stabbing Santos.

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