Saturday , March 6 2021

From the Blogcritics Vault: Interview With a Cal Recall Candidate

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?

Reluctant supporter

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?

Legalize Marijuana

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.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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