Arnold adjusts the team, LAT says

The L.A. Times' Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan are out with a story on Arnold bringing in another Pete Wilson vet -- Bob White -- and pushing Gorton to the background. They also report that Maria Shriver is taking a central strategy role, according to unnamed Republican operatives, and tensions within the team. It's late (or early if you prefer) and I haven't read everything -- I had to give that up, when it comes to the recall -- but at first glance it looks to be an exclusive. [Nope. Margaret Talev also had it in the Sacto Bee.] I'm not confident of the analysis that Schwarzenegger may come to be viewed as a Sacramento insider, just because his advisers are. I supect he's Teflon-coated on that charge. Linked with Wilson's politics, and thus suspect to some voters and admired by others, yes that could happen. Prediction: Arnold supporters will complain that the Times is biased for reporting this.

Also in the LAT: Tim Rutten reminds that Gorton and two other ex-Wilson aides on Arnold's team helped elect Boris Yeltsin, and he talks to campaign types from both parties who say Arnold can get away with avoiding issues if he wants. (Sub req'd)

Updated 11:05 a.m.


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