Jan Perry

Bustamante: more than anti-Schwarzenegger

DELANO, Calif. - He is the unlikeliest of antidotes to the Terminator.

Short, paunchy and balding, Cruz Bustamante is a mild-mannered career politician with the charisma of a bank teller. At a sweltering outdoor rally with farm workers in California's Central Valley, where he is the only one wearing a business suit, he delivers his brief remarks, first in English, then in Spanish, by carefully reading from a prepared text.

Despite his cautious, low-key approach to campaigning, Bustamante is neck-and-neck with Arnold Schwarzenegger's high-wattage candidacy in the dizzying recall contest. If the voters fire Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in next month's election, Bustamante, the...