By last weekend the signs from Chez Schwarzenshriver were again equivocal. Even as campaign prep continued, there was talk of a press conference to “pass the baton” to Riordan. But outside friends, including
former Governor Wilson, weighed in on the side of running. The event disappeared.
Schwarzenegger usually spends years preparing for a major move like this, but running in the recall appeals to his sense of drama and his sense of alarm about California. “The thinking is all behind the curve, the governor fosters negativity and confusion,” he says.
The Weekly reached Garry South at his wife’s birthday party in a crowded restaurant with his in-laws from China. A talented old friend who is one of the principal purveyors of the ever-less-charming smart-ass style in California politics, South couldn’t talk much over the din but scoffed at Schwarzenegger’s involvement as “movie promotion.”
No need to remind South about his frantic faxing two years ago of a thinly sourced magazine article about Schwarzenegger’s private life. At the time, the action star had mused about running before fulfilling his contractual obligation to make T3, an act that hurt Davis in Hollywood. Another Davis adviser was more candid: “Of course, Arnold could win.”
“I have a wild life,” notes Schwarzenegger. “All the politics now on top of the usual business meetings and all the movie stuff I’ve gone through. But it can work out.”