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Stereotype of the Month Entry

Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

From the LA Times, 9/13/03:

Another Chick chimes in

By Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer

Out of pure kindness, we sponsored a lieutenant governor joke contest. The turnaround has been dramatic: Jay Leno launched a series of Bustamante broadsides and the candidate surged to No. 1 in most polls. Now even the world-famous Half Moon Bay (Calif.) Review has weighed in (see accompanying photo illustration).


Maybe. But if Tom McClintock or Peter Camejo comes begging for help, we're going to start charging a fee (or insist on a cushy government job after the election). Tom and Pete, here's the kind of respect we can get you (courtesy of Leno):

• "A little bit of a scandal for Lt. Gov. Bustamante. It seems he has accepted $2 million from one Indian tribe, on top of $800,000 he already accepted from two other bribes. Oh wait, did I say 'bribes'? I meant 'tribes.' "

• "According to the L.A. Daily News, Las Vegas oddsmakers are picking Cruz Bustamante to win the gubernatorial election. How many casinos is this guy hooked up with?"

• "Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has taken $2.5 million from Indian tribes — in quarters. Bustamante now says he's going to give that money to a ballot proposition instead of using it in his campaign. See, this is how politics is different from real life. Wouldn't it be great if you or I could rob a bank and then when the cops grab you, say, 'It's not for me. I'm giving this to the heart fund.' "

Rob's comment
Leno clearly implies that tribal donations to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante are illegal or immoral—"bribes." He follows the lead of Arnold Schwarzenegger and countless pundits in suggesting tribes are a corrupt "special interest" but corporations and their ilk aren't.

Related links
Too-powerful Indians
Greedy Indians
The facts about Indian gaming

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