What has changed between Pechanga and our Governor? Chairman Macarro, the portly head of the shrinking Pechanga tribe said this in 2003:
"An ad of this sort is an act of desperation by Arnold and it's clearly being orchestrated by Pete Wilson and his cohorts from his days as governor. It smacks of the politics of evil that were indicative of Pete Wilson," said Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, which has donated more than $500,000 to Bustamante.
Has Arnold changed his practices or has Macarro's definition of evil changed after he helped to kick out 25% of his tribe (equivalent to getting rid of 8 MILLION Californians)
Vote No to Pechanga, No to Schwarzenegger,
No to Expanded Gaming and NO to EVIL...
Here is an open letter to newspapers from Macarro:
OPEN LETTER: From Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro To California Newspapers
Arnold Schwarzenegger's hypocritical political commercials attacking California gaming Tribes are examples of "wedge issue" politics at their ugliest and most ignorant.
Mr. Schwarzenegger says we contribute nothing to California. In fact, gaming Tribes provide good-paying jobs for over 41,000 California workers.
Our Tribe alone pays $66 million in salaries every year. We pay over $9 million in employee benefits and $36 million in state and federal taxes annually.
In addition, California Tribes pay $150 million into two state funds each year for local infrastructure improvements and for the non-gaming Tribes. We contribute millions more to local infrastructure projects directly, and donate millions to public service.
We pay for our own police and fire protection, and for other services government has never provided us. The state of California provides nothing to the Indian reservations and yet we still share our resources with the local governments, because we know what it means to be good neighbors. Throughout our history we have been exploited. We have and are "paying our fair share," Mr. Schwarzenegger — many times over. We also use our earnings to educate, house and provide medical care for our people, removing thousands from the welfare rolls.
When Mr. Schwarzenegger "pandered" to the Tribes for his Proposition 49 campaign last year, Tribes gave thousands. Tribal gaming money was good enough for him then, but now that we believe other candidates are better qualified to lead California, he says we have no right to participate in the process. In spite of what he says in his commercials that are paid for by "special interest groups," we have followed all of the rules and will continue to do so. OP: Uh, Macarro, didn't you give too much to Cruz Bustamante and he had to give it back? Oh, that rule...
On behalf of my ancestors who have lived here since time immemorial, OP: Macarro, so has MINE, and you and your cohorts kicked us out of the tribe so that you can steal our money and covet our land. we find Mr. Schwarzenegger's hypocrisy shameful.
Mark MacarroTribal ChairmanThe Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians