Last week, the Governor showed up at a Democratic party function, and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano heckled him, calling Schwarzenegger a “liar” and inviting the Governor to “kiss my gay ass.” Then, a bill written by Ammiano passed the Legislature and was sent to Schwarzenegger’s desk, which the Governor vetoed today. This is his veto message:
Yes, this really happened. The Governor’s press secretary insists that the “hidden” message is simply a “weird coincidence.” Sure it was.
While this is admittedly quite amusing, it is also indicative of a breakdown in civil relations between the Governor and the Legislature and between Democrats and Republicans (particularly very moderate Republicans like Schwarzenegger). In the first sign of any maturity at all on either side of the exchange, Ammiano says that he thinks the message was “very creative, and it’s time to bury the hatchet.”