WILL ARNOLD TERMINATE THE DEMOCRATIC LOCK ON CALIFORNIA ?
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, long mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for governor, told Esquire magazine for its July issue: "Yes, I would love to be governor of California ... If the state needs me, and if there's no one I think is better, then I will run."
With Democratic Gov. Gray Davis facing a recall campaign that could result in a special gubernatorial election as early as fall, Schwarzenegger's political ambitions could be speeded up.
But Schwarzenegger's political adviser, George Gorton, said the statement did not represent a change in the Austrian-born actor's thinking.
"The bottom line fact is he hasn't decided whether he's going to run or not if the recall qualifies, and he's so terribly busy right now," Gorton said.
He said Schwarzenegger, 55, would decide whether to run after the July 2 release of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and only if it becomes clear the recall will qualify for the ballot. Supporters need to collect nearly 900,000 valid signatures to make that happen.