When it came out last month that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had privately opined that Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia had a “very hot” temperament because of her ethnicity, the Latina Republican from Cathedral City wasn’t mad.

In fact, she said at the time, she was going to keep campaigning for him.

In fact, she reportedly told a high school economics class in La Quinta last Tuesday, “I wouldn’t kick him out of my bed.” The remark, reported by the Palm Springs-based Desert Sun Sunday, came when Garcia, who is single, was asked her impressions of the governor, who isn’t.

According to the Sun, she told students the governor was funny and liked to play chess during plane flights. Then she talked about his “built” physique _ and put a whole new spin on the old maxim about politics and strange bedfellows.

The Sun reported in today’s editions that in a written statement Garcia had apologized if her remarks during a “silly” question-and-answer session with students had offended anyone. Garcia did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

During a meeting with the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle Monday, Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial foe, Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides, said he was troubled and disappointed by the remark.

But the Schwarzenegger campaign appeared not to be too shaken by the assemblywoman’s remarks.

“Bonnie,” said spokeswoman Julie Soderlund, “like the governor, has a good sense of humor.”

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