January 12th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Gingrich offers Schwarzenegger advice on government reform

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/12/art.arnold0112.gi.jpg caption="Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich has some advice to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – While President-elect Barack Obama talks about reforming the federal government by bringing change to Washington, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking to the nation’s capital for advice on how to shake up Sacramento.

More specifically, the governor’s senior aides recently turned to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for input on how to enact political reforms and make the government run more efficiently, Schwarzenegger communications director Matt David tells CNN.

David said the discussion between Gingrich and Schwarzenegger chief of staff Susan Kennedy did not focus on the current deadlock over the California state budget, but rather the governor’s goal of creating a more efficient state government that could include “consolidating some agencies and getting rid of overtime and sick time abuse.”

“Since his first day in office, the governor has been looking at ways to reform the political system in Sacramento, to make it more accountable and to also make government more efficient to save taxpayer dollars,” he said.

David, who got to know Gingrich during his work at the conservative group Freedoms Watch, reached out to the former House speaker to ask for suggestions and ideas on the issue of reform.

With the Republican Party searching for a unifying theme, could political reform and smaller government be the GOP rallying cry in 2010? Lacking a natural national leader right now, will Schwarzenegger and/or Gingrich fill that role?

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. ED FL

    about the only expertise thatGingrich is good at is ditching sick wivesa when sick and/or in hospital while playing footsies with what ever female he is working with.

    January 12, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Angie

    Oh boy. he's asking for advise from newt? the repubs are a big joke.

    January 12, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. legal in nc

    RANDY – Denver

    You are showing your liberal agenda by stating the following, "If people are not kept, as a minimum, fed, clothed and housed their unhappiness will lead to social and potentially civil strife" . The way for people to keep those things is to get out and work for them. Not expect Government to bail them out!!!!

    Please tell me that you're not brainwashed enough to believe your own hype..

    January 12, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. ken

    All I can tell him is to keep trying!!

    January 12, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Libs be dopes

    The best advice Newt can give Arnie..................

    quit being a closet Democrat!

    January 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Are traffic signals 'unpatriotic'?
    Obama says the 'anything goes' attitude has to go.
    Bush said he had to 'go against his 'free' market philosphy in calling for the bail out'
    Government for the people leads to 'freedom'.
    Letting executives slosh through the pic trough is wildness, not freedom.
    If America would REALISE that FREEDOM and WILDNESS are antonyms, not similes, there would be a glimmer of hope!
    8 year olds are not free to attend school without confronting a gun toting tot. I don't think your founding fathers meant the 'right to bear arms' was to have needless arsenals in private homes.
    Would real freedom, the right to choose the right path, OR wildness result in a country having the #1 crime rate of developed countries?
    HINT – it's the second choice!
    If America wants a society that is free from harm, get a GRIP!

    January 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Wildness is NOT freedom!

    January 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. ken

    if you can not manage the riots or your mayors can not do it for that matter, what do you expect?

    January 12, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    This would be funny if so many people didn't take Newt seriously.

    January 12, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Very Proud American

    Does the GOP not get it.....they have tried the smaller goverment rhetoric and it didn't work. Please don't have Arnold for 2012 please no......I can't even understand him. The GOP needs to have someone that speaks from the heart on issues of the American people. They can't half-heartedly speak on Unity and Prosperity .....without gaining the confidence of the American people. What they need is a true thoughtful intelligent leader like we have in President Elect Obama, it's the ONLY way. All Americans Democrats, Republicans & Independents are going to be very picky.

    January 12, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. California-not-so-dreaming

    In all seriousness, CA is in bad shape and it's mostly due to mismanagement by a largely democratic government. CA democrats need a reality check once and for all. It is unrealistic, not to mention unsustainable, to dump money into every problem that the state faces. That has been the approach used for decades by democrats here in the once Golden State. Every solution is either in increase in taxes or a creation of a new program.

    As an independent, I feel we need to get pragmatic politician in Sacramento ASAP

    January 12, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Once you vote Black

    You could not put the two of their heads together and get mush. The GOP is so bankrupt of ideas that they are hustling backwards. If Newt knew what he was talking about he would not have been on the outs. GOP do yourself a favor; do some researh and find out why you were asked to walk. The answer can only be found outside of your cone of ideas.

    January 12, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Ivan Sanchez

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has serious budget problems with a state that is going broke because of illegal immigrants sponging off the economy these people are in the millions! With the Mexican economy growing perhaps he needs to ask the Mexican government for a bail out as if that’s ever going to happen!
    I believe it would be best for Arnold to sell California to Mexico, thou the majority of the state is already in Mexican hands!
    The rest of the country is in trouble because of poor boarder control! No telling how many terrorists there are here already.
    On the other hand it would be best not to ask for a bail out, this way the state will be broke and all illegal aliens would have to retreat back to Mexico and California could start fresh but this time raise walls between Mexico and the United State and deploying the Military and anyone caught would be arrested and imprison for 20 years, that would solved the problem.
    America has enough lawbreakers without 11 million more from another country.

    January 12, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. John, CA

    So that's why the government sucks in California!

    January 12, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Daniel

    Not all advice is good advice, Arnie!

    January 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    The Gropinator and the knuckle-dragging neanderthal Republican leadership in California has ruined this once great state!


    Wake up and smell the coffee you morons before California crashes and burns!!!

    January 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Lyndon from CA

    It seems that this Newt Gingrich movie has played before and did not elicit a sequel. I would rather watch a Terminator rerun than one starring Newt.

    January 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |

    If you want to straighten out government then put in term limits on the inner Washington circle. Get rid of all the old timers in Washington and the ineffective ones and let the womanizers go that takes in quite of few members of congress. Then get rid of the ones who know everything and will not listen to the people who put them into office.

    January 12, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. this man is part of the problem

    Newt was a disgrace

    California needs to take the whole tax system down and build it up again and re-write its state congressional rules, its problems are systemic

    January 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Rorschach

    Newt, do your party a favor. Stay retired.

    January 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. xavier

    Taking advice from old time republicans? Yeah, that will really modernize the republican party. If they arent careful they will soon go the way of the dinasours.

    January 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. xavier

    Taking advice from old time republicans? Yeah, that will really modernize the republican party. If they arent careful they will soon go the way of the dinasours.

    January 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    This man would make a heck of a good Secretary of State in the years to come. The man's a package deal.

    January 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Kendrith

    As a california teacher, I have seen firsthand how Arnold has already proven that he is less than what he presents himself to be as well as less than trustworthy. Then throw that in with the hypocrisy of Newt Gingrich? I find the thought of them accomplishing anything to be appalling and at best ominous...

    January 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Humored in Texas

    Gingrich, the same clown who was going to bring down Clinton, until he turned up as a wife-beater and dead-beat dad?!

    Contract With America Gingrich?!


    January 12, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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