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12 days that shook the state

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Bustamante’s in, I’m out. Thanks for all the support from Brian Flemming’s Weblog and Blogcritics regulars. It was an amazing 12 days.


LOS ANGELES, August 7, 2003 — Democrat Brian Flemming announced today that he has withdrawn from the California governor’s race. His decision was prompted by Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante’s entrance into the field.

“My thanks to everyone who volunteered for and supported my campaign,” said Flemming. “My platform, ‘If elected, I will resign,’ was intended to put Bustamante into the governor’s office. I am pleased that Bustamante now intends to do this himself. On Oct. 7 I plan to vote against the recall, and then cast my vote for the lieutenant governor, for whom I now plan to volunteer.

“With a cast of characters out of some absurdist drama, including Angelyne and even less credible candidates such as bodybuilder and inarticulate popcorn-movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bustamante is the only sane backup plan for any Californian, Democrat or otherwise.

“As the press oddly predicts that it will give Mr. Schwarzenegger reams of ‘free publicity,’ I hope reporters, editors and producers remember that the fate of this great state hangs in the balance. Nobody deserves a free pass, and every candidate, whether lieutenant governor or kindergarten cop or professional wrestler, needs to be held to the highest standards.”

Flemming’s candidacy, announced only 12 days ago, electrified California with its unique premise and garnered coverage in the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Flemming now returns his attention to his critically acclaimed feature film “Nothing So Strange,” which will be released in theaters later this year.

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