Arnold’s been dropping wife
Maria’s name a lot lately and yesterday Shriver announced her Chief of
Staff would be Democratic party hound and Gray Davis operative Daniel
Zingale. A former AIDS activist, prior to serving as Davis’s cabinet
secretary, Zingale proved an effective HMO regulator and PR guru who
has an "in" with Democratic networks of all kind. Unable to make his
case to the public himself, given his transparent lies, Arnold just may
be ready to unleash Maria and hide in a Kennedy’s blue skirt.
Whenever the polls show Schwarzenegger in trouble, Maria goes on Oprah.
With Arnold in deep doo-doo this November and next, Maria may yet hit
the campaign trail to get Californians to take a stand for her man. If
she’s pushing the Schwarzenegger initiatives to take power from
teachers, cops, firefighters, and nurses, it’s far more likely Shriver
will prove she’s a Republican than make the case Schwarzenegger is
really a Democrat. The $57 million in largely corporate campaign cash
behind Schwarzenegger’s power grab will stain Maria’s blue dress too.
Gray Davis said that the Democratic agenda would be "in safer hands
with Dan [Zingale] inside the administration rather than outside." Just
what Schwarzenegger needed to reinvigorate his November campaign, a
Gray Davis endorsement.