On Sunday, 69-year-old actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger set the record straight regarding rumors that he will make a run for the Senate.
On his Facebook page, Schwarzenegger posted a detailed message explaining why he will not be running for a seat in Congress.
The post read as follows:
“I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California. Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions. 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.”
It was reported earlier this year by Politico that GOP elites were pushing Schwarzenegger to make a “political comeback” by running for Senate.
An anticipated Schwarzenegger success revolved around the actor’s popularity with younger generations, as a Republican.
Speculation was further supported by spokesman Daniel Ketchell, who did not deny the rumors:
“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. We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
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