I don't know about you, but I expect better from my bodybuilders turned action stars turned politicians…
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff.
Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a statement issued to The Times in response to questions. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.
Alright, people make mistakes. Things happen. We're all adults. I get that.
But, here's what gets me about people like Schwarzenegger and John Edwards: It's one thing to have an affair that leads to a pregnancy, and it's a whole other thing to know that you've had an affair that led to a pregnancy and then fucking run for office. That, I don't get. That's not a "mistake." That's a full-on asshole move that has the potential to cause long-term damage to your party or your state or your country.
Can you even imagine the debate that Schwarzenegger was having in his head as he was deciding to make a run for governor of California?
"Hmmmmm… On the one hand, I have secret toddler out there that anybody could find out about at any time and then use to blackmail me or drop into the media in the middle of an important election. Embarrassing the state, tarnishing my reputation and ensuring a win for the opposing party is bad enough, but it could also have a devastating impact of my secret child's life."
"But on the other hand, they would call me Governor Schwarzenegger."
Probably was an easy decision.
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Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, California, John Edwards, Maria Shriver, Sex