Talk about getting your political frustrations out in public - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent a shocking letter to the state's Legislature that tells its members to F-off.
After vetoing a bill that would have provided funding to San Francisco for waterfront restoration, Schwarzenegger sent a letter to the Legislature explaining his action - and then some.
As you can see below, the message is very clear:
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature.
For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while many
unnecessary bills come to me for consideration. Water reform, prison reform, and health
care are major issues my Administration has brought to the table, but the Legislature just
kicks the can down the alley.
Yet another legislative year has come and gone without the major reforms Californians
overwhelmingly deserve. In light of this, and after careful consideration, I believe it is
unnecessary to sign this measure at this time.
A spokesperson for the governor said it was a "weird coincidence" but a professor of statistics calculated the odds - which would be 5.5 chances of happening in 5 trillion!
But did Arnie simply react to provocation? Apparently.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, recently heckled the governor at a Democratic gala here after Schwarzenegger spoke at the event.
Ammiano, an openly gay member angry at cuts to AIDS programs, called the governor a "liar" and reportedly told him to "kiss my gay ass".
Ammiano is a stand-up comedian who played himself in the film Milk, about the San Francisco politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk who was assassinated by another city councilor.
Surprisingly, Ammiano suggested it shows Schwarzenegger and his staff "have a sense of humour."
"I think it was very creative. They probably think they are even now and it's time to bury the hatchet," Ammiano said.
Which all goes to show that BC has a long way to go to live up to the "California of the North".
Meanwhile - BC Premier Gordon Campbell is still in Arnie's good books as the leading proponent of P3s in North America - Public Private Partnerships.