Californians awoke to a more interesting gubernatorial recall race Thursday, after entrances by a Hollywood movie star, a TV sitcom veteran, a syndicated columnist, and a prominent Democrat who's breaking ranks with embattled Gov. Gray Davis.
Movie action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman, columnist Arianna Huffington, and Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante announced on Wednesday that they would place their names on California's October 7 recall ballot to replace Davis.
Bustamante has scheduled a news conference at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office for 10 a.m. (1 p.m. EDT) Thursday.
A former speaker of the California Assembly -- the first Latino to hold that post -- Bustamante, 50, grew up in the state's Central Valley. He has focused on education and environment throughout his political career, and counts as one of his achievements a bipartisan effort to reduce class size in California schools.
Davis supporters, national party officials and the powerful California Labor Federation had all urged Democratic politicians to stay off the ballot, hoping Davis would have a better chance to unite Democratic voters against a possible GOP opponent.
Voters face two questions on October 7 -- whether to recall Davis and, if the answer is yes, who should replace him.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the state's most popular elected officials and a longtime political rival of the governor, issued a statement Wednesday saying she would not run and that the recall of Davis would be a "terrible mistake."
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