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H’wood bashes sidestep Bush issue

Party without the party focus

Hollywood’s bigger bashes didn’t focus on the presidential campaign at all. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have campaigned side by side with President George Bush, but the decor of the Grand Ballroom at the BevHilton spoke volumes: not a Bush-Cheney placard in sight. In fact, no references to the GOP ticket at all.

Even some of the revelers at the bipartisan bash were left wondering about the lack of Bush banners. But: one former Schwarzenegger aide said “We’re all independents, really. We vote for the best person.”

Red Wagon topper Douglas Wick and producer Jerry Zucker attended the Prop. 71 election night party at the Biltmore Hotel with high hopes that the stem-cell research initiative would pass.

Wick expressed optimism a win in the Golden State would “set the tone for the rest of the country. As people are more and more educated about breakthroughs happening in California, the national support will become stronger.”

Zucker added that no matter who won the presidential election, the proposition, if passed, would not be in jeopardy.

“We are going to have stem-cell research funded for the next 10 years if we win, and nothing they do at the federal level will interfere with that,” he said.

Wick and Zucker were joined by their wives, Lucy Fisher and Janet Zucker. Both producing-partner couples have a child suffering from juvenile diabetes.

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