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February 23, 2009
AM Alert: Grand Old Grumpiness

It was a busy weekend on both coasts for California Republicans.

Fresh from raising taxes and slicing the budgets of fellow consitutuional officers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger headed to Washington, D.C. to attend a National Governors Association meeting and take a bow before the national media.

Likening California's budget troubles to an earthquake, the governor defended his decision to raise taxes and said his party's leaders in Washington should be "team players" with President Barack Obama.

And if that means violating the GOP's principles, he said, so be it.

Grand Old Party members with another point of view, meanwhile, were wrapping up a weekend convention in Sacramento with little love for their governor or his flexible principles.

Would-be replacements for Schwarzenegger - Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman - did their best to convince those attending they wouldn't raise taxes if their lives depended on it.

And delegates delivered a symbolic, if watered-down, gesture of their disdain for the budget, passing a resolution Sunday to deny funding for campaign mailers for six state lawmakers who voted for a budget with tax increases.

In case you missed the convention, you can catch up here:

Delegate Alex Burrola was unhappy enough with Schwarzenegger that he called on the party to apologize to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis for recalling him from office.

A Ventura County Supervisor and leader of a state anti-tax group plotted a conservative challenge to Whitman and Poizner in the 2010 gubernatorial primary.

Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican National Committee "Victory 2008" chairwoman Carly Fiorina said she isn't ready to say whether or not she she's running against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford rallied delegates by saying it's "gut check" time for the GOP.

And Rep. Darrell Issa took a shot at state Sen. Abel Maldonado.




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