Reported October 10, 2003
Arnold Crushes the Field, Hopes to Terminate California’s Problems
An immigrant comes to this country, virtually penniless. Becomes the best bodybuilder in the world. Becomes the highest paid actor in the history of Hollywood. And, on October 7, with no government experience, becomes the Governor elect in California, replacing incumbent Gray Davis, steeped for three decades in state politics.
As Jim Lorimer, his close friend and business associate of more than 25 years glowingly pointed out two days after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s domination of the historic recall election (Schwarzenegger received 48 per cent of the vote; 46 per cent voted against the recall), “This is beyond the American Dream.”
“I’m very pleased with the level of support Arnold received from the voters in an overwhelming, across the board, win in California,” said Lorimer, who flew out from his Worthington, Ohio home to be at the Big Fella’s side as he greeted hundreds of ecstatic fans at the Century Plaza Hotel after getting official word that he had terminated the opposition once again.
“This is a most unusual individual, as all of us in bodybuilding already know, and I think Arnold brings to the table the ability to put together a great team around him, which will help enable him to get the job done in a tough situation. A high level of people with tremendous economical and political skills will be joining him.”
One of those folks who provided Schwarzenegger with experienced words of wisdom, not to mention undying support, was Lorimer himself. He may speak softly, but Jim certainly does carry a big stick. Has been both Mayor and Vice-Mayor (his current role) of Worthington for the past 30 years. And, in his past role of Vice-President of Government Relations for Nationwide Insurance, Lorimer was the liaison between the company and the state legislators. So, the man does know a tad about politics.
And, for those of you wondering, Arnold will be joining his partner Lorimer once again as co-producers of the Arnold Fitness Weekend, set for March 5-7, in Columbus, OH, “And, we’re expanding the event even more, adding six sports, including fencing and yoga for sports.”