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California Dreamin'
Pete McEntegart
October 06, 2003
Politically minded jocks have jumped into the race to replace California governor Gray Davis. A fan's guide to the Oct. 7 recall
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October 06, 2003

California Dreamin'

Politically minded jocks have jumped into the race to replace California governor Gray Davis. A fan's guide to the Oct. 7 recall

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
PARTY: Republican
AGE: 56
SPORT: Bodybuilding

Flexed his 22-inch biceps to seven Mr. Olympia titles and five Mr. Universe crowns. Married to a Kennedy.

Terminator star wants to say hasta la vista to Davis and has relied on screenplayish soundbites when pressed on issues. Leading Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante in polls, he likens campaigning to body sculpting and says, "I will pump up Sacramento."

JERRY KUNZMAN
PARTY: Independent
AGE: 39
SPORT: CEO of National Auto Sport Association

His 12-year-old company puts on races in which amateurs drive; 15 regional chapters and 10,000 members.

Kunzman loves racing's car-as-billboard mentality: He'd fill California's coffers by selling ad space on state vehicles and hawking naming rights to highways, parks and schools. "I work for a living," Kunzman says, "and I would like to work for the people of California."

PAUL (CHIP) MAILANDER
PARTY: Democrat
AGE: 37
SPORT: Golf pro

Gives lessons and runs shop at Farms Golf Club outside San Diego. Spent eight years in the Navy.

The club's well-heeled members ($115,000 initiation fee) encouraged Mailanderto run and helped pay the $3,500 he needed to get on the ballot. He would address the state's $38 billion deficit. "I'd have to look at the fiscal crisis," he says, "then chip away at it, as they say in golf."

PAUL NAVE
PARTY: Democrat
AGE: 42
SPORT: Boxing

Journeyman (16-6-2) beat Greg Haugen to win WBF welterweight title in '98; ran unsuccessfully for assembly in 2000.

Wants to focus on education and the deficit, but the " Marin County Assassin" did three years in San Quentin for dealing cocaine. "I know I'm a long shot for the governorship," says Nave, now a securities investor. "But I've been a long shot before—and won."

KURT (TACHIKAZE) RIGHTMYER
PARTY: Independent
AGE: 39
SPORT: Sumo Wrestling

Middleweight points leader in California Sumo Series. Published poet nominated for Pushcart Prize in '01.

Substitute teacher Tachikaze (which means "wind from a sword stroke") pledges to wrestle the "800-pound gorilla of big government from every angle." Promises he could beat Arnold Schwarzenegger two out of three in the sumo ring.

NATHAN WHITECLOUD WALTON
PARTY: Independent
AGE: 25
SPORT: Hoops royalty; ex-Princeton forward

Son of NBA great Bill; brother of Lakers second-round pick Luke; played pro ball in France. MBA student at Stanford.

Son of a Deadhead wants to limit cost of state schools, protect environment and improve mass transit. Says he's "10 times smarter" than Schwarzenegger. "Nathan is trying to represent the conquest of substance over hype," says his Hall of Fame dad.

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