Earlier this month Californian State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano caused a bit of a political stir when Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unexpectedly showed up at a Democratic Party dinner in San Francisco. The Congressman was peeved at what he saw as a “cheap publicity stunt” by the man responsible for cuts in social services, enforced stand downs of state workers and failure to act on some gay-rights issues. “Kiss my gay ass” he shouted as he called the Governor a liar.
It was not the most decorous of behaviour but this week the Terminator has had revenge of a sort. Assemblyman Ammiano sponsored Bill number AB1176 — an unexciting piece of legislation designed to help San Francisco’s port with finance issues and the Governor vetoed it.
As is the custom with such things he wrote a letter explaining his rejection lamenting “the fact that major issues are overlooked while many unnecessary bills come to me for consideration,” and concluding, “I believe it is unnecessary to sign this measure at this time.”
There’s nothing very remarkable about that except that a vertical reading of the far-left-hand letters in each of the missive’s eight lines offers a more blunt explanation: “I fuck you.”