March 21, 2008 in Nation/World

Clint Eastwood, Bobby Shriver are sent packing

Samantha Young Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Here are two guys who didn’t see it coming when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger terminated them: his own brother-in-law, Bobby Shriver, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.

The governor dropped Shriver and Eastwood from a state parks commission where both had served since before he took office. The two oppose a Schwarzenegger-backed plan to build a toll road through a state park, but Shriver said Thursday the governor’s decision was a surprise to both of them.

“I had hoped to continue to do this work and continue to protect the park system from developers,” Shriver said. “It shows you how strong these developers were that were able to arm-wrestle the governor into firing us.”

Shriver, a Santa Monica city councilman who is the brother of the governor’s wife, Maria Shriver, said he and Eastwood, a former mayor of Carmel, had asked the governor for third terms on the State Park and Recreation Commission. He said they were informed Monday evening by a Schwarzenegger aide that they would be replaced.

Eastwood, who won best-director Oscars for 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby” and 1992’s “Unforgiven,” did not immediately return a telephone call Thursday.

A spokesman for the Republican governor praised both men but said their terms had expired. He said their positions on the toll road did not factor into the governor’s decision.

Eastwood and Shriver were appointed to the commission in 2001 by former Gov. Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger reappointed them in 2004.

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