California Governor's Inaugural Address Praised By Both Parties With PM-Governor's Promise,
Jan. 08, 1991
California Governor's Inaugural Address Praised By Both Parties With PM-Governor's Promise, Bjt
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ California Gov. Pete Wilson won praise from both parties with a conciliatory inaugural address that stressed preventive rather than remedial health, anti-drug and educational programs.
''He actually gave the speech that Jesse Jackson gave in 1988 at the Democratic National Convention. It's amazing that a Republican incoming governor would make that speech in 1991, but I welcome it,'' Democratic Assembly Speaker Willie Brown said. ''If his inaugural message is any indication, there are great reasons for optimism.''
The Republican leader of the Assembly, Ross Johnson, said the address Monday also upheld GOP ideals.
''I think he was talking very Republican principles and issues. Prevention rather than remediation is very Republican,'' Johnson said.
Shortly before being sworn in, Wilson resigned the U.S. Senate seat he has held for eight years. The ceremony was moved inside as the first substantial rainstorm in weeks swept across the drought-plagued Sacramento Valley.
Wilson, who narrowly defeated former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, offered an olive branch to Democrats, promising to work for bipartisan solutions and stressing education, health and environmental programs.
The new governor said he recognized the state faced an estimated $6 billin deficit, but favored additional programs to provide prenatal care for poor women, dropout prevention in schools and drug education.
''To those uncertain or not ready to embrace prevention, I say, how much better to provide prenatal care to assure 50 or 60 healthy newborns than the pay for neo-natal care for only one unhealthy baby,'' Wilson said. ''How much better to prevent dropouts than to counsel teen mothers or chase down drug gang members. How much better to prevent crime than to punish it.''
In another inauguaration Monday, long-shot gubernatorial victor Arne Carlson took the oath of office in Minnesota.
''Little did I think on September 12 that I ever would be here today. I'm somewhat fearful that my speech may be longer than my campaign,'' Carlson quipped.
Sept. 12 was the day after Carlson lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to Jon Grunseth. In October, Carlson re-entered the race after Grunseth was driven out by allegations of sexual improprieties, and he defeated incumbent Democrat Rudy Perpech on Nov. 6.