Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger “won’t be back” as a California elected official.
The muscled movie star who endured significant criticism and low popularity ratings when he finished his time as the state’s governor, said Sunday he will not be campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, despite rumors to the contrary.
“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,” Schwarzenegger wrote on his Facebook page early Sunday morning.
Feinstein’s up for reelection next year, but rumors have been flying that she may retire and not run again as she’ll be 84. However, she has not said anything about possibly retiring and has even made initial moves that a politician would make if she planned to run again.
Schwarzenegger, who has sparred with President Donald Trump, continued, “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.”