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We didn’t mean it, really!
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, December 21, 2005

This is just funny. Arnold turns the tables on his old home town, a place which has shamelessly exploited his name for years, and then bowed up and condemned him for his refusal to stay Tookie Williams execution:
The mayor of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian hometown on Tuesday begged the California governor to reconsider his decision to cut ties to the city after locals assailed him for his death penalty stance.

Siegfried Nagl, mayor of the southern city of Graz, said he wrote Schwarzenegger pleading with him not to return a ring of honor bestowed on him by officials in his birthplace in 1999 and reassuring him that most residents still admire him.

"I hope that very soon we'll hear you say, 'I'll be back,'" Nagl told the actor-turned-politician, one of Austria's most famous sons.

On Monday, Schwarzenegger caused a stir by turning the tables on Austrians who criticized the governor's refusal to block the executions of convicted killers. He sent Graz officials a letter asking them to remove his name from a soccer stadium and stop using it to promote the city, and said he was giving back the ring because it "has lost its meaning and value to me."

His demands effectively pre-empted a drive launched by opponents in Austria who already were gathering signatures on a petition calling for the 15,300-seat arena in Graz, about 120 miles south of Vienna, to be renamed.
Reminds me of the attempt by a left-wing rag in the UK, The Guardian, to influence the vote in Ohio and how badly that backfired.

Oh, and kudos to Arnold for calling their bluff and cutting short their anticipated PR windfall from dissing the guy who put them on the map.
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This is funny. Once Graz realized it couldn’t hurt Arnold by removing his name, the city backed down. Kudos to the Governator for his chutzpah.
Written By: Steverino
"shamelessly exploited"? we dont need to exploit the name of this stupid bodybuilder, we have other names we can "exploit" - freud, mozart, beethoven and thousand others. we have a culture lasting over thousand years, and yes we also had once mediaeval times here, where we the goverment was killing people, but we are happy that these are long long ago ...
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