He’ll Be Back? Schwarzenegger Reportedly Mulling Run for Senate

SchwarzeneggerJan2010Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2018, when incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is said to be considering retirement.

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Several media outlets report that Schwarzenegger, who recently raised his profile with a series of Twitter clashes with President Donald Trump, is thinking of re-entering the political fray after several years’ absence.

Politico’s Carla Marinucci reports: “The prospect of Schwarzenegger’s return to elected politics in a 2018 U.S. Senate run — possibly as an independent — is generating increasing buzz in state Republican circles, fueled by the former governor’s seeming ability to get under the skin of President Donald Trump on social media.”

Schwarzenegger also opposed Trump in the Republican presidential primary, backing Ohio governor John Kasich instead.

If elected, Schwarzenegger could pose a significant opposition threat to the Trump administration on issues such as climate change. California’s controversial cap-and-trade system was introduced under Schwarzenegger’s administration.

However, Schwarzenegger will have to confront his own political record along the way. Though he was re-elected to a second term in 2006, Schwarzenegger is mostly remembered for leaving the state in a fiscal mess after abandoning the reform agenda that brought him to office in the first place.

The East Bay Times recalls:

The Republican governor’s approval ratings fluctuated while he was in office and were as high as 63 percent in March 2007. But five months after he left office, a Field Poll found that three of four California voters surveyed had a negative image of Schwarzenegger in the wake of revelations he had fathered a boy with a former household staff member while married to TV journalist Maria Shriver.

Whether he runs as an independent or as a Republican, Schwarzenegger would face stiff competition from a long line of California Democrats who have been waiting, patiently, to angle for Feinstein’s seat.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. His new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

This piece was originally published by Breitbart.com/California


  1. Mull away, Arnold. We had you as Governor and that did not work. Go make some more stupid movies.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for more.

  2. Patton'sGhost says

    No, really, but thank you anyways…
    You’ve done ENOUGH damage to Kollyfornia, Ahhnold…

  3. Michael McDermott says

    “Der Arnold was Blackmailed While in Office – and played stooge to those who would expose him – before he left office.
    This helps explain why he hired Democrat Susan Kennedy (formerly chief of staff to ousted governor ‘gay davis’) and gave her the keys to the inside of the Republican Party.

    This alleged ‘populist’ blocked any Defense of the Successful Citizen Initiative – Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage (Man XY & Woman XX), and was finally confronted by Maria (like a good kennedy klanswomyn) Only on the Day After leaving office,

    As the article states:
    “”three of four California voters surveyed had a negative image of Schwarzenegger in the wake of revelations he had fathered a boy with a former household staff member while married to TV journalist Maria Shriver.”

    BTW – What about Gov. Lt. Gavin newsroom (*Gravid Nuisance) wrecking the Marriage of his campaign manager and exploiting a relationship with a subordinate female employee married to his campaign manager.

    Three guesses why the Media buried that sordid story too.

  4. retiredxlr8r says

    Let us all hope not!
    As a conservative, Christian, Republican I had rather vote for Newsom!

  5. As a Democrat he could win….He would fit right in with the Hollyweirdo Life Style and Socialist opinion that their opinion is the only one that counts!

  6. Bill Saracino says

    On the bright side….1) he’d lose, maybe in the primary if conservatives united behind ONE candidate, or most definitely in the general to a real Democrat; 2) his candidacy would provide an enormous energy boost to conservatives around the state to get active and organize to defeat the duplicitous horse’s ass.

    • Remember, it’s a Top Two Primary. For Ahnold to get on the General Election ballot, he’d have to to finish higher than all the Republicans (not a lock, by any means), and draw more votes than all but on Democrat.
      He’s got no chance.

  7. DR Richard says

    He is not an intelligent person—and he cheats –go back to the steroids he used–his body is ruined now–he was lucky to become a gov–opportunist who used his hyped up popularity to replace that idiot davis that anyone could have replaced and he ran against a bunch of lowlifes—but he was still much better than baldy brown–not saying much!

  8. Gary Von Neida says

    No thank’s. California deserves a real Republican not a Republican in Name Only ( R.I.N.O.).

  9. I hear they’re looking for a new President in Austria Ahnold –
    Jump on it.

  10. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    Without repeal of “top-2” , the manipulators of the “perpetually Poor and Stupid” vote will continue their lock on CA politics, handing Celebrity Puppets (Ahnuld, Hitlery, Oprah, etc.) a short walk into office. I hope to have escaped this festering asylum of a state by then

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