- SACRAMENTO - A Texas radio
host launched a Web-based offensive Thursday against efforts to change
the U.S. Constitution to allow Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to run for president
of the United States.
- Alex Jones, an Austin-based talk show host on the Burnsville,
Minn., Genesis Communications Network, said the site raised $5,000 for
an anti-Schwarzenegger campaign in its first two hours.
- Jones, once voted Austin's favorite radio host and sometimes
described as a "conspiracy theorist," said he's raising funds
to run TV ads in Austin and Sacramento to counter those beginning this
week by Schwarzenegger supporters hoping he'll run for president.
- "This is serious," he said. "Arnold is
serious. His people are serious."
- Jones, 30, said most Americans don't support changing
the Constitution to clear the way for a Schwarzenegger presidency. The
talk show host who rails daily against globalism, the United Nations and
World Bank on satellite and Internet radio, criticizes Schwarzenegger for
admitted past drug use and mistreatment of women, and accuses him of Nazi
- "He's all over TV getting wall-to-wall major news
cycle coverage for weeks on end," Jones said. "This is a campaign
and his operatives are pushing it. It deserves to be countered."
- Jones' unveiled his Web site, www.arnoldexposed.com,
as a Silicon Valley-based group begins airing ads supporting the constitutional
change. Its ads and a companion Web site, "www.amendforarnold.com,
are sponsored by Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones, a Bay Area mutual fund manager
and Schwarzenegger campaign donor.
- Schwarzenegger aides declined comment on either campaign.
But the governor said Tuesday on CNN's Larry King Live that he supports
- Four proposed amendments are before Congress, but none
is moving through the legislative process. Constitutional amendments must
be approved by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and then ratified
by 38 states to take effect.