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Arnold’s Reiner Problem

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Reporters made hamburger out of “Meathead” today, as he publicly answered questions for the first time about the possible misuse of taxpayer money.

That’s from one report among dozens of Reiner’s disastrous press conference today. As The Sacramento Bee’s Dan Weintraub said on my program today, Reiner just doesn’t get it. And few people expect him to ever get it, as the very successful Hollywood ego that never admits a mistake runs into the very real problem of spending public funds on a political campaign.

Reiner would be netter advised to admit error, resign from the Commission, and fight on for his beloved Prop 82.

But he won’t.

Reiner wants to define the debate as one over preschool. It isn’t about preschool at all. It is about using tax dollars to support a ballot initiative. Public funds simply cannot be used to influence a vote. Period.

Arnold needs to appoint a new chair of the First Five Commission asap. Reiner’s big attempt to stop the bleeding failed. Now it is up to Arnold.

Follow the details at Bill Bradley’s and Dan Weintraub’s blogs.


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