Arnold Schwarzenegger, with wife Maria Shriver and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes. From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.
New York Times:
Mr. Schwarzenegger, who six months ago fashioned himself a Republican reformer bent on hobbling entrenched Democratic institutions, is not just tolerating positions generally associated with liberal candidates. Rather, he is using them as the centerpiece of his re-election campaign, marking the first time in a generation that a Republican governor here has clung to the left during a re-election fight.
The strategy is not unique to Mr. Schwarzenegger?s campaign. Across the nation?s 36 races for governor, Republican candidates in states heavy with moderate or Democratic voters are playing up their liberal positions on issues including stem cell research, abortion and the environment, while remaining true to their party?s platform on taxes and streamlining government.
In Massachusetts, Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who is seeking to fill the seat that will be vacated by Gov. Mitt Romney, has openly split with Mr. Romney on abortion rights and stem cell research; her views are shared by the Republican candidate for governor in Illinois, Judy Baar Topinka, who also supports civil unions for same-sex couples.