Arnold's Inauguration Draws From Silver State

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A small contingent of Nevadans will attend Monday's inauguration festivities for California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Among those heading to Sacramento will be political strategist Jay Parmer and former Olympic skier Franz Weber, both of Reno.

Also attending will be Marybel Batjer, former chief of staff for Gov. Kenny Guinn. She recently quit to become a top aide to Schwarzenegger.

Parmer was a political consultant during Schwarzenegger's campaign and later named director of ceremonies for the inauguration.

"We worked very hard to conceptualize an event that accomplishes what is expected in terms of the tradition of the office but sort of couched it in the realization that this is a special circumstance," Parmer said.

Weber has been a friend of Schwarzenegger's for 20 years and is a fellow Austrian.

"I am convinced, from what I have seen him doing in his life and his business, he is a very tenacious person," Weber said. "It is always good to show support for someone.'

Guinn said he would not attend the swearing-in, adding that governors traditionally don't attend each other's inaugurations.

"No one was at mine," he said.


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