(CNN) – A fellow Republican is calling on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to resign because of a water crisis in the state's San Joaquin Valley.
"When a government can't provide the people access to a reliable supply of water, it has failed," Rep. Devin Nunes said in a statement Friday. "This government has utterly failed and Governor Schwarzenegger should resign from office," Nunes, who represents California 21st congressional district, also said.
Schwarzenegger's office shot back, saying that the governor is working with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to try to solve the state's water problems. "Congressman Nunes' attempt to grab headlines with finger pointing will not solve this problem and will only lead to the same gridlock that has paralyzed the water debate in this state for the last 50 years," Schwarzenegger spokesperson Matt David said in a statement e-mailed to CNN. "We encourage Congressman Nunes to be part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem."
Drought conditions in California have forced the state's farmers to abandon or not plant more than 100,000 acres of agricultural land, Schwarzenegger's office said in a separate statement also issued Friday. The office also estimates that losses in agricultural revenue could reach $477 million in 2009.