Former California governor and beloved actor Arnold Schwarzenegger may be considering a run for United States Senate in 2018.
According to Politico, Republicans are buzzing about Schwarzenegger challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in 2018. Schwarzenegger has been back in the political eye lately thanks to his public feud with President Donald Trump.
After a return to show business, Schwarzenegger replaced Trump as the host of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The show soon began to falter, and Trump criticized his replacement for the program’s declining ratings.
In a series of of social media posts, Schwarzenegger ripped into the president and implied that Americans would sleep better if they were to switch jobs. Schwarzenegger ultimately left the program and cited Trump’s history with it as one of the catalysts.
In an email to Politico, Schwarzenegger’s spokesman did not deny that his boss could run for Senate.
“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,” Daniel Ketchell said. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
Politico quoted an anonymous Republican who said that running for Senate “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months.”
Schwarzenegger served as California’s 38th governor from 2003 to 2011.