[Homestead] If you are in a California hospital, don't call a nurse, call Schwartzenegger
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Wed Feb 2 13:56:34 EST 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Matier and Ross
Nurses group punches back at Schwarzenegger in TV ad
The 60,000-strong California Nurses Association is firing
back at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a national TV
campaign depicting the self- proclaimed reformer as just
another tool of the monied interests.
The 60-second spot -- which was produced gratis by
documentary maker Robert Greenwald (as in "Outfoxed" and
"Uncovered: The War on Iraq") -- opens with the governor's
foot-in-mouth comments about nurses being "special
interests" who are mad at him because "I kick their butt."
The ad then kicks some butt of its own, as veteran nurses
respond both to Schwarzenegger's comments and to his plan
to freeze nurse-patient staffing levels.
"The one thing the public should know,'' says 20-year-plus
nurse Melita Dionosio-Temple, "is that one day you will be
in that bed and realize that because of the number of
patients one nurse has to take care of, you may be
calling, and there's nobody there.''
Nurses union leader Rose Ann DeMoro said the ad "goes to
the heart of the matter, which is that the governor is
trying to turn the state Capitol into a fraternity for
"I like to think of it as 'Conan vs. the Nurses,' " DeMoro
The ad is also a slap at the hospital industry, which did
its own "thank you" ad after Arnold put a hold on lowering
of the patient-to-staff ratios that had been green-lighted
by former Gov. Gray Davis.
DeMoro said the nurses had decided to go national with the
ad (they're doing a $100,000 cable buy) because Arnold is
going national with his efforts to raise more money for
his "reform" initiatives.
As for the governor's react: "We expect special interests
to spend money against us this year,'' said spokesman Rob
Stutzman, adding that the Schwarzenegger-backed reforms
have been "widely supported, even by liberal editorial
pages in the state.''
"We have to keep the focus on making sure health care is
available -- and that means hospitals need to be open,''
Run Arnold Run: Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't officially
said he's running for re-election, but he's sure acting
like a candidate -- including a stop Tuesday in San
Francisco to meet privately with a group of high-powered
Among the invitees: Gap founder Donald Fisher, Safeway
Chairman Steve Burd and Oakland A's owner Steve Schott.
"We are now beginning the process of getting the re-
election committee funded, and that will be the focus for
this year,'' Team Arnold fund-raiser Marty Wilson said.
"He didn't say he was definitely running, but we are
getting him ready to run,'' Wilson said. "That's a time
and place of his choosing when he makes that announcement
Not that Arnold should have much of a problem raising
money -- either for his re-election or for a list of
ballot measures he's threatening to push in a special
election this year.
In his short 19 months of political life, Schwarzenegger
has raised more than $40 million from contributors -- and
tossed in $10 million of his own for the recall campaign.
That adds up to more than $50 million, or an average of $
2.6 million a month.
The campaign is expected to announce a series of fund-
raising dinners soon around the state.
"We're just getting the re-election committee shaped up,
and ready to rock 'n' roll,'' Wilson said.
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