Capitol Weekly reports on an interesting recent political dialogue in California.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, famously told the governor to â€œkiss my gay assâ€ at a Democratic fundraiser last month. Two days later, the governor responded in the veto message of one of Ammianoâ€™s bills.
Earlier in the month, the San Francisco Democrat was at a boisterous Democratic fund-raiser when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by to say hello. The governor, a guest of former Mayor Willie Brown, said a few words of greeting and extolled the virtues of bipartisanship. But Democrats, unhappy with the governor in their midst, booed loudly.
â€œKiss my gay ass!â€ Ammiano shouted out.
Schwarzenegger smiled and left. But he was plotting his move.
On Oct. 11, the governor vetoed Ammianoâ€™s AB 1176, with a seemingly innocuous and vague veto message.
Innocent enough. But when read on the governorâ€™s Web site, the first letter of the last two paragraphs line up to spell out a clear, if crude message.
Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the hidden message was a “strange coincidence.”
“When you veto so many bills, something like this is bound to happen,” he said with a straight face.