Arnold Schwarzenegger Shoots Down Senate Run Reports
Arnold Schwarzenegger has shot down reports suggesting he’s planning another political run — for a U.S. Senate post. The former two-term California Governor, 69, scaled back his acting career when he entered politics in 2002 and then served as California’s top man for eight years until 2011.
Schwarzenegger has stayed out of politics since, but recent high profile spats with President Donald Trump sparked rumors he was considering a return, and his spokesman, Daniel Ketchell, refused to rule out a 2018 run for a U.S. Senate seat when asked about the movie star’s future by Politico. “Right now Gov. Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California,” he told the website via email. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.” But now Schwarzenegger himself has addressed the story, insisting he has no plans to become a California Senator. “My mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” he said in a new statement posted on his Facebook page, admitting he was “flattered” by those who have approached him about running. “Thank you for your kind messages and all of the support and I hope you’ll join me in my battle against gerrymandering with the same enthusiasm,” Schwarzenegger concluded his post. Schwarzenegger has been at odds with Trump ever since the new leader was inaugurated in January, and he recently stepped down as the property tycoon’s replacement on reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. He blamed the president for his decision to leave the program, explaining several sponsors had terminated their support for the show thanks to the controversial U.S. leader’s behind-the-scenes involvement. “When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people (started) boycotting it,” Schwarzenegger said. Trump frequently taunted the Total Recall star for drawing in poorer ratings than he did as the host of Celebrity Apprentice for over a decade.