Schwarzenegger Is In

Schwarzenegger to Run for Governor (washingtonpost.com)
I haven’t been posting on the will-he-or-won’t-he candidacy of Arnold Schwarzenegger since the recall got approved because there was nothing to add. I wanted him to run but he was being suspiciously evasive. I think he’s planned it all along because he knows that Gray Davis is a nasty campaigner and he said as much on Leno tonight. He seems ready for the tabloid stories about womanizing and the like.

Now that it’s really a two-man race — Davis has to be recalled first — Davis will tear into him. Arnold does have an excellent point in saying he’s not beholden to anyone because he has enough money to fund his own campaign. That kind of detachment will be needed to fight back the special interests when budget time comes around. Basically he’ll be able to ignore them when he cuts into their pet programs.

I think this is a good thing. Thankfully I don’t live in California, but if I did he’d get my vote.

Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced this evening that he will be a candidate in California’s recall election this fall, a decision that startled political leaders across the state and immediately transformed the already tumultuous campaign.

For the past two weeks, Schwarzenegger had allowed his top advisers to suggest that he was strongly leaning against running on the recall ballot as a potential successor to Gov. Gray Davis (D) if voters remove him from office. But the Hollywood icon kept his intentions private until an appearance late today on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

“The man who has failed the people more than anyone is Gray Davis. He has failed them terribly,” Schwarzenegger, a Republican, told Leno. “This is why I’m going to run for governor.”

Later, he told reporters that he intends to restore California’s “disastrous” finances and challenge the influence that he said special interests have on the state’s government. He also said he will fund his campaign only with his own money. “I will go to Sacramento, and I will clean house,” he said.

For more on this see Bill Quick’s entry.

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