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. Home of the Free

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Your kidding right? Where does he work these days?

    January 12, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Leave it to the Rethugnantclones to try and balance the budget on the backs of State workers, rather than cutting their own fat-cat perks.

    Bud Burgoon-Clark
    San Diego CA USA

    January 12, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. PA

    He should have asked Maria if he wanted a real professional, experienced opinion. I'd take Maria's advice over Newt's any day of the week! Silly Macho Man! Hope you have the sofa set up Arnold.

    January 12, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. akatch

    GOP should definitely go back to its Limited Government roots. After a couple of years of Obama and socialist dem policies, liberty will become popular again.
    Governator is a great man and I would love to see him lead the GOP back to its roots!

    January 12, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Fay Tx

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking to the nation’s capital for advice on how to shake up Sacramento.***Just ask Palin she owe you big time .....On the campaign trail talking about PE Obama and his skinny body
    @Larry from RI January 12th, 2009 6:20 pm ET
    Is this the same "newt" who, at the very same time, while prosecuting Clinton during the Lewinski scandal was himself "bumpin' uglies" with another woman outside of his own marriage?***Yea You ARE SOOOOO Right****

    January 12, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Larry

    My guy--–can beat up your guy,every time !!!!!

    January 12, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. joke

    Unfortunately I live in the state where this dumb dumb governs. I didn't vote for this clown. He should've stuck to what he knows best, body building. He's acting is horrible and he's governing is worst The advice Newt should've given him, resign!!! Please

    I might be getting an I.O.U for my state income tax return and they're thinking of laying off 2,000 teachers. Sad sad.

    January 12, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Arnold = Fail

    Arnold is an idiot and a hypocrite. He claims to have joined the Republican party because he thought that the Democratic policies were 'socialist', yet ironically, nearly all of Arnold's fiscal policies = socialism.

    Can anyone say the furloughs? Cutting state worker's pays by 10%? Cutting education? Hmm... sounds like some socialist trickle-down economics. I understand California is in the midst of a huge fiscal crisis, but Arnie is only aggravating it. Democrats, Republicans, labor unions all hate Arnold Schwarzeneggar (or however the heck you spell his name).

    Arnold is not cleaning up California. He is merely making it the People's Republic of California.

    Arnold is neither a liberal or a conservative. He is simply an idiot.

    January 12, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Rick Sutter

    Randy – Denver, What the heck are you on?

    January 12, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Gingrich??? Are you serious???

    January 12, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. libs be dopes

    Arnie.......................how about being the elected leader we though we elected for reform.

    We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem

    Just another closet Democrat who just got "outed".

    January 12, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. mjm

    Hey... Meat Head... cut taxes, reduce spending, close the boarder, DRILL FOR OIL, build a few power plants. Stop letting the hippies run the place...girly man. Or something to that effect.

    Did you realy need Newt to tell you this?

    January 12, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Just pay off the 5 trillion debt that W left us,and we'll be really happy to vote for the elephants.

    January 12, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Tbone85

    I really don't mean to be disrespectful here, but by what standard has Gingrich proved to know anything about efficiency in government? Many of the tenants of the Contract with America (like term limits) were abandoned as soon as it became politically expedient. Government grew and I know of no credible evidence that Gingrich had anything to do with making government better. I hope CA didn't pay this guy as a consultant.

    January 12, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Adrian

    What's wrong Arnold? Maybe you should go to the Gym now and see if you can put some meat on your "bones" Economy.
    I hope you're not looking to Obama for help.
    What;s the matter can't you run the state of California?

    January 12, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Franky

    For starters, PLEASE don't give out I.O.U's. And secondly, that state is just bad, I mean, bad! No matter what, you gotta cut taxes, you have to no matter what. And I just don't understand how taxes were raised over there, I'm just shocked with these numbers! There's just so many questions that quite frankly, is gonna take decades to figure out but for starters, conserve and analyze your money. Don't just say your gonna do this and later on, do something else, in that state, any little refund or value back is not worth taking but in fact, has to. I wonder how the domino effect is and I'm sure is pretty bad...

    January 12, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)

    Rick Sutter-
    Randy appears to be "on" the ball.
    A thoughtful answer with plenty of room for discussion. Isn't that what we should have on these boards in order to strengthen our ties to each other instead of the nasty shouting and 2 second sound bites that these boards are full of?

    January 12, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Janey

    Laughable!! Arnold is turning to Gingrich. Two idiots in one pod!

    January 12, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Zane

    Arnold is now offically scrapping the bottom of the barrel!

    January 12, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT??? YOU ALL ELECTED A C- ACTOR to be your governator! NO Real political experience.. just another repub with too many Hummers.. ooooh poor ARNOLD... If you dont feel good, gave your SARAH P a phone call....Disasters attrack other disasters!

    January 12, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    You know you're in trouble when your governor's senior aides are looking to Newt Gingrich for advice. Dear God! Good luck to all my fellow citizens in the great state of CA. We're pulling for you over here.

    January 12, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Charlie in Maine

    Don't listen Arnold. But pehaps California's energy demands can be met by capturing the hot air created by that pompus wind-bag.

    January 12, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. Delegate from California

    OMG, are you serous no wonder we are having a bad crisis here in California if our Governor is asking who for advice?

    God Save California!

    January 12, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. Thomas

    As a native Californian I would hope our Gov would ask the advice of persons that bring government together rather then divide the State . And knowing that Mr. Gingrich is one of the highest paid lobbyist on K street . I would like to see how much the Californian taxpayers are paying the GREAT DIVIDER for his services.?

    PLEASE remember NEWT GINGRICH's contract with America,
    More like a PAWN TICKET on our FUTURE !

    January 12, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is the same Gingrich that was gonna bring Clinton to his knees?!

    Contract With America Gingrich?!


    January 12, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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