Monday, August 23, 2004

Governor Freeze

Californians, don't try this at home:
What’s worse than summer swelter in Sacramento? Why, August in New Mexico, of course! That’s where Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently devised an interesting new way to beat the heat during his trip to the Western Governors’ Association meeting.


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But first, some background: As reported in this column last month (“Mr. Freeze,” SN&R Bites, July 15), our Batman & Robin villain turned governor seems to be taking his Mr. Freeze character to heart of late, chilling state workers by cranking up the air conditioning to semi-arctic proportions whenever he visits a state building.

Now comes word that Governor Freeze may be adding an eccentric new wrinkle to his ritual. After he used the New Mexico event to introduce his new energy-conservation plan, he invited reporters back to his non-smoking presidential suite, where, according to his arch nemesis, Bob Mulholland, Arnold lit up not just a cigar, but also the fireplace--while simultaneously cranking the air conditioning up to high. “Isn’t this what doctors describe as schizophrenic behavior?” wondered Mulholland, as if that were somehow incompatible with politics.

“I’m thinking, ‘What the hell are we doing here, man?’” the Democratic spokesman told Bites. “You know, it’s one thing to have bad habits; it’s another to invite the press in to watch it.”

Obviously, Mulholland doesn't know a male diva, or Dickva, when he sees one.

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