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Offical Voter Info Guide Cal Statewide Special Election 10-7-2003
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Proponent's Grounds for Recall / Governor's Response

Proponent's Recall Argument / Governor's Recall Argument

Candidates to Succeed Gray Davis as Governor if He Is Recalled

  • As the state's chief executive officer, oversees most state departments and agencies and appoints judges.
  • Proposes new laws and approves or vetoes legislation.
  • Prepares and submits the annual state budget.
  • Mobilizes and directs state resources during emergencies.

Ronald Jason Palmieri
Democratic Party
911 Linda Flora Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

I am living proof of the freedom and opportunity of the greatest country in the world. Only here in America could a second generation American, from Jewish and Italian heritage, who is also a member of the gay community, seek equal rights against a barrage of fear, hatred and misconception. Notwithstanding these barriers, I have been blessed with an incredible extended family, good health, and enormous professional success. I am also the first openly gay man in America running for Governor of the great State of California. My reasons are very fundamental. In my opinion, the recall effort against the Governor is misguided. He should stay in office as duly elected and I urge all voters, regardless of party affiliation, to vote against the recall. As Bill Maher observed, "There are still a lot of Democrats with sour grapes over the last presidential election and they're not collecting petitions to replace George Bush with Bernie Mac." Let the governor finish his term! If the recall succeeds, I lend my support to those Democratic candidates who declare they oppose a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, champion equal rights for all, a woman's right to choose, and hate crimes legislation. I am not looking for your vote. I want to convince you to vote intelligently and not waste your vote on those, such as me, who will never be elected. I urge you to vote for one who will foster the American dream that allowed me to be on this ballot.

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