Did I say I was outraged?!
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March 9, 2005
A New Kind of Crowd for Governor
Schwarzenegger is accustomed to drawing adoring fans. But now nurses, firefighters and others opposed to his agenda are dogging him.
WASHINGTON-Everywhere Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger goes these days there's a crowd. But they're not looking for his autograph.
As he darted across the country in the last five days, raising campaign money and dropping in at the fitness exhibition he co-founded, Schwarzenegger was shadowed by demonstrators protesting his plans for overhauling state government.
Loud and nervy, the protesters crashed his major events in three cities, playing cat-and-mouse with him as he tried to elude them and keep his agenda at center stage. Demonstrators are infiltrating public appearances.
And even when they're kept outside, they're getting heard. He has been forced to alter his routine and to acknowledge the protesters in his stump speeches.
The core group consists of nurses upset about Schwarzenegger's attempt to scale back hospital staffing requirements and firefighters worried about pensions. They're getting support from out-of-state colleagues, who turned up at Schwarzenegger's East Coast events this week and heckled him fiercely...