Was the California recall election that deposed Gray Davis and put Arnold Schwarzenegger in the governor’s seat really only two years ago? I sort of mix up the election, Arnold’s movies, and the menagerie of candidates from Gary Coleman to porn star Mary Carey, to now-blogger Arianna Huffington.
RJ conducted a classic, if unorthodox interview with candidate William Tsangares on August 19, 2003:
William Tsangares is a 42-year old Republican from Los Angeles. He has a BA in Liberal Studies (which also happens to be my major…) and works as a self-employed graphic artist. He was kind enough to answer some questions via e-mail.
1 – What prompted you to run for Governor of California?
2 – Gray Davis…? What are your thoughts on the man?
3 – Your state has a massive budget deficit. How would you, if elected, deal
with it? Raise more revenue via taxes/fees? Cut spending? Or a combo of the
Taxpaying should be fun. Spending should be based on your current income.
4 – Should pot/weed/marijuana be legalized, decriminalized, or kept illegal?
5 – How does it feel to be running against the Lt. Governor, a “smut peddler,” a porn star, and “The Terminator”?
The whole process is like looting the government.
6 – How did you go about qualifying for the ballot? Where did the signatures/cash come from?
My cash and I solicitated signatures from around the state, from Marin to Orange County.
7 – Who was worse? Hitler, Mao, or Stalin?
Worse or most effective? I would say Mao was the most successful but Hitler dominates public TV. Stalin just falls between the cracks.
8 – President Bush: Semi-literate moronic alcoholic who lucked his way into the Presidency, or wonderful human being and honorable Commander-in-Chief?
President Bush proves that we can be ripped-off while the public is awake.
9 – Fuel cells? Wave of the future, or desperate, pathetic pipe-dream?
Hydrogen fuel cells have recently been proven as a questionable technology;
however, there may be many creative solutions to the world’s energy problems. The problem is implementing enough creative ideas to find a solution before it is too late.
10 – Ms. Huffington: Lunatic with delusions of grandeur, or great person who really cares about the little guy?
She’s climbed into the SUV and is trying to drive herself to Secret-mento.
11 – Should convenience store clerks unionize?
As a prior employee of Seven-Eleven I would say no. It might encourage people to get jobs at these types of businesses that sell products that are slowly killing us. No More Slurpees!
12 – What is less attractive: Fat girl with stretch marks and eating disorder, or thin girl with yellow, uneven teeth?
Thin girl with yellow, uneven teeth
13 – What does “Bustamante” mean in Spanish? “Punch your mother,” or something else?
I thought it meant “tomato paste.”
14 – Age of consent: 18, 16, 21, or 9 months?
15 – Kobe: Drooling rad-dog rapist, or adulterer trapped by mentally-deranged slut-puppy?
Adulterer trapped by mentally-deranged slut-puppy
16 – Phil Hendrie – Genius of Jackball?
Just plain dumb.
17 – Gay Marriage: Constitutional right, or sicko perverts upending a centuries-old bedrock institution of Western society?
Western Society Sucks!
18 – Mexicans: Let ‘em all in, or fence in the border like Israel and Gaza?
I thought we were in Mexico already. Every society needs a cheap labor
source to grow.
19 – Ms. Huffington: Completely used-up tramp, or serious political player?
Fancy political cross-dresser.
20 – Mary Carey: Completely used-up tramp, or serious political player?
As serious as Simon.