National Guard and the governor's race
|Democratic gubernatorial challeneger Phil Angelides has made California's national guard troops an issue in the governor's race by calling for their withdrawal from Iraq. Thus far, Schwarzenegger has side-stepped the war issue.|
But he has gone on offensive with his support of the troops. Yesterday he welcomed home some 100 soldiers from the California National Guard's 49th Military Police Brigade, who returned to California after a year long combat tour in Iraq.
Today, he signed legislation to give former guards and their families a leg up when applying for civil service employment.
"Our brave men and women in the military are incredible and we owe them our deepest gratitude for taking extraordinary risks and making tremendous sacrifices in defense of our country's freedom and democracy," said Schwarzenegger in a statement on his signing AB 2550, by Assemblyman Tim Leslie, a Republican.
For Angelides' part, his campaign is accusing Schwarzenegger of "staying silent...even as the violence in Iraq continues and thousands of Americans continue to risk their lives in Iraq, Arnold Schwarzenegger continued to duck the real issue."