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In California, 'girlie men' becomes a T-shirt slogan

SAN FRANCISCO -- California Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: The political insult ''girlie men" has opened up a marketing bonanza.

Days after Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican governor, called state Democrats ''girlie men" for failing to pass a budget by the state's July 1 deadline, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur has begun selling T-shirts over the Internet with the slogan ''Sacramento Girlie Men."

Offered at www.sacramentogirliemen.com, the shirts costs $24, ''And 20% of proceeds will benefit the California Democratic Party, which as you may have noticed, could use the help," the website says.

Meanwhile, the state's College Republicans announced plans to sell T-shirts reading ''Don't be a Girlie Man. Vote Republican." ''They will be cheaper than the Democrat version," said group spokesman Ryan Clumpner.

Originally popularized in a Schwarzenegger-inspired ''Saturday Night Live" skit about a pair of fitness gurus, the governor's use of the term ''girlie men" angered legislators, gays, and women's groups.

Schwarzenegger has refused to apologize for the remark and has taken to campaigning for his budget among voters outside the capital in the past week.

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