Calif. Guards Vow to Recall Governator

Salary cut to minimum wage sparked rage of powerful union
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2008 6:41 PM CDT
Schwarzenegger talks to reporters outside his office.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A union of angry California peace officers vowed today to recall Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Sacramento Bee reports. The guards have struggled with the Governator over pay and prison policies, and lost patience this summer when he cut salaries to minimum wage. “It's gone beyond professional,” union spokesman Lance Corcoran said. “It’s gotten to personal.”

Schwarzenegger said he will "not be intimidated by anybody that is demanding more money than the state can afford." California faces a $15.2 billion deficit and is still running without a 2008-09 budget, but Corcoran said the recall "is not about the money. We recognize that the state is in horrible financial straits." The ouster campaign will cost the union more than $1 million to gather about as many signatures.