Arnold Schwarzenegger’s New Role: “bring sanity to Washington”

Former Celebrity Apprentice host and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ended rumors that he is currently considering running for U.S. Senator in 2018.

On Sunday, Schwarzenegger took to Facebook to break the news. He explained that he is going to focus his political energy to stop gerrymandering and calling for independent redistricting commissions to fix the issue.

“I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate,” Schwarzenegger wrote, “but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California.”

You can read his full Facebook post about politics, running for Senator and his plans below.

The rumor began after Politico reported last week that Schwarzenegger was considering running for California Democrat Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat. Also, Schwarzenegger would not run as a Republican, like he did in 2003 when he ran for California governor, but he will run as an Independent.

Feinstein was elected 25 years ago, and at the age of 83, she is the oldest serving senator. That said, Feinstein has not said whether or not she will run for another term.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
LOS ANGELES – DEC 9: Cast at the “The New Celebrity Apprentice” Cast Q&A at Universal Studios on December 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA

Schwarzenegger’s future in politics comes after an online argument between the actor who played Terminator and President Donald Trump. Recently, Trump has poked fun at Schwarzenegger on Twitter for his low ratings as the host of Celebrity Apprentice, which Schwarzenegger has responded via social media suggesting they switch jobs.

“You take over TV because you’re such an expert in ratings,” he said,  “and I take over your job and then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”

But, Schwarzenegger may have more time on his hands as the actor stepped down as host of Celebrity Apprentice earlier this month.