Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger holds up a bowl of strawberries on display by the California Strawberry Commission while touring Ag Day 2009 in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Schwarzenegger was escorted through the event by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura, left, where they visited booths that highlighted California’s agriculture industry
Kill the Arnold Schwarzenegger-for-U.S. Senate rumors â€“ for now.
The Republican governor said Wednesday in his clearest language yet that he is not running for Senate, Congress or dogcatcher.
Schwarzenegger, appearing at a Cal Expo news conference with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, explained that he has more freedom to make policy decisions (including tax increases, a break from past campaign promises) precisely because he doesn’t have to run for another office.
He said he may be more at ease on issues than lawmakers who face re-election.
“The point was that I am not running for anything, so no one could threaten me, because I’m not running for Senate, I’m not running for Congress, I’m not running for another term as governor,” Schwarzenegger said.
The governor is termed out in January 2011, and he has never said what he will do once he leaves his Sacramento office.
As Flap has said before, Arnold would have a difficult time winning a Republican primary election in June 2010. So, there is no guarantee that he would be the GOP nominee against incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer.
The Schwarzenegger Governorship has been a disaster and his poll approval rate hovers in the mid-30’s and for the first time 54 per cent of Republicans disapprove of his performance as Governor.
Arnold ain’t going to run because he could not win.
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