Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor, is reportedly considering a run as an independent candidate for Senate in 2018.
On Thursday, Daniel Ketchell, Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, revealed that Schwarzenegger isn’t ruling out a run.
“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,” Ketchell said. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
California political watchers say that his Senate run is very plausible. They also believe, based on recent attacks on both parties, that his bid for Senate would be as an independent candidate. California hasn’t had a Republican senator since 1992.
Luis Alvarado, a former GOP political consultant, said that it’s good timing for a political move for Schwarzenegger.
“In politics after Donald Trump, nothing is crazy any longer. We’re in the third dimension here,’’ he said. “Arnold Schwarzenegger, who actually has more political experience than Trump, would certainly seem to fit a mold to what some of the electorate would find attractive.”
Alvarado continued, “Donald Trump has had the ability to manipulate all the news and cameras to him, and Arnold Schwarzenegger would be like kryptonite, or an anti-matter device, that would somehow restore balance in this universe of madness.”
A Senate campaign would allow Schwarzenegger and Trump to continue their ongoing feud. The most recent being last weekend, when Schwarzenegger quit hosting the Celebrity Apprentice.
According to a former GOP strategist, the timing for Schwarzenegger’s run and the reelection of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months.’’
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