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Old 12-20-2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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Arnold to Graz: Stop Using My Name

Schwarzenegger terminates name on stadium

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday told officials in his hometown in Austria to remove his name from a sports stadium and stop using his identity to promote the city.

The governor’s request came after politicians in Graz began a petition drive to rename the stadium, reacting to Schwarzenegger’s decision last week to deny clemency to condemned inmate Stanley Tookie Williams. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria.

In a letter that began “Dear Mister Mayor,” Schwarzenegger said he decided to spare the Graz city council “further concern” should he be forced to make other clemency decisions while he’s governor. Another inmate is scheduled to be executed in California Jan. 17.

“In all likelihood, during my term as governor, I will have to make similar and equally difficult decisions,” Schwarzenegger said in the letter. “To spare the responsible politicians of the city of Graz further concern, I withdraw from them as of this day the right to use my name in association with the Liebenauer Stadium.”
Sounds like the old Arnold is back
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:17 PM   #2
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This sounds like a very considerate thing for him to do. I frequently disagree with Schwarzenegger, and I disagree with him on capital punishment. But I think this is very good. Bravo, Arnie!
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:54 PM   #3
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The governor’s request came after politicians in Graz began a petition drive to rename the stadium, reacting to Schwarzenegger’s decision last week to deny clemency to condemned inmate Stanley Tookie Williams. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria.
I guess he just saved them the trouble of starting a petition drive

And they really can't have it both ways. If they disagree with him enough to remove his name from the stadium, they should also have to give up the right to use his name in advertising and tourism related materials.
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