Posted tagged ‘Governor’

Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits Child With Staffer

May 17, 2011

According to reports this morning on CNN, Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child, with one of his staffers, more than a decade ago outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver.

From CNN:

“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement obtained by CNN. “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.”

Schwarzenegger fathered the child with a household staffer, the Times article said. He has provided support for the child since birth, the source told CNN.

The staffer told the newspaper that the child was fathered by her then-husband. She declined to comment after learning of Schwarzenegger’s statement, the newspaper reported.

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Sarah Palin “Feels Great” After Leaving Office

July 27, 2009

Sarah Palin gave her final speech as Alaska’s governor yesterday afternoon before stepping down from her job. Now the question remains, where does the former vice presidential candidate go from here? Senate? Vice President? President? Who knows?

From ABC News:

“I feel great,” she said. “It was a smooth transition of power as it should be, and a good advancement for the state.”

Palin leaves office with a pile of cash in her political action committee — more than a million dollars strong and growing rapidly since her decision to resign.

Following a farewell series of picnics across the state over the weekend, Palin leaves behind legions of confused supporters.

“It breaks my heart because we voted for her, we believe in her,” one supporter said. “She was honest, she was like a breath of fresh air.”

Analysts say she is now in uncharted political territory.

“She runs second in most of the public polls for 2012, so she’ll still very much be a factor as we go forward,” said Republican analyst Frank Donatelli.

From CNN:

“Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state … I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one’s last year in office,” Palin said, just moments before Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor.

“With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth,” Palin continued. “And I have never felt you need a title to do that.”

Palin — interrupted briefly by a heckler — devoted much of her last address to a rundown of her accomplishments as governor, including winning legislative approval for a massive natural gas pipeline and governing “with fiscal restraint.”

“What I promised, we accomplished,” she told the mostly supportive crowd.

Looking Back on the Palin vs. Biden Debate

October 3, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin made it through the vice-presidential debate last night successfully without doing any obvious damage to the Republican presidential ticket, or to herself. By surviving her match up with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., she may even have done Senator John McCain a bit of good, now allowing him to focus on the other major troubles shadowing his campaign at the present time.

Paul J. Richards/Agence France-Presse

Credit: Paul J. Richards/Agence France-Presse

From the New York Times:

It was not a tipping point for the embattled Republican presidential ticket, the bad night that many Republicans had feared. But neither did it constitute the turning point the McCain campaign was looking for after a stretch of several weeks in which Senator Barack Obama seemed to be gaining the upper hand in the race. Even if he no longer has to be on the defensive about Ms. Palin, Mr. McCain still faces a tough environment with barely a month until the election, as he acknowledged hours before the debate by effectively pulling his campaign out of Michigan, a Democratic state where Mr. McCain’s advisers had once been optimistic of victory.

“This is going to help stop the bleeding,” said Todd Harris, a Republican consultant who worked for Mr. McCain in his first presidential campaign. “But this alone won’t change the trend line, particularly in some of the battleground states.”

From the Chicago Tribune:

They were in the same room Thursday night, but Joe Biden and Sarah Palin often seemed to be participating in separate debates.

So who won the VP debate?

One debate dealt with issues. The other served as a platform for Palin’s unique brand of Alaskan-bred populism and twangy asides. On the campus of Washington University, the two vice presidential candidates showed off their wildly different styles born of disparate histories. The result was at times an oddly disjointed affair, where the two skittered and shifted off-topic.

With the GOP ticket trailing in national polls, Palin spent most of the time on the attack. She was armed with talking points involving tax increases, domestic drilling for oil, critiques of Democrat Barack Obama‘s record on the war in Iraq and stinging one-liners. And she repeatedly attempted to steer the debate to allow her to use that ammunition, regardless of the question at hand.

As a result, Biden, the longtime Washington insider, frequently was forced to explain the intricacies of congressional procedure and nuances of international diplomacy, often in a defensive posture.

For Biden, the debate served as much as an introduction to American voters as a test of his mettle. Although the Delaware senator has served in Congress for more than 35 years, he isn’t well known nationally. Two attempts to run for president, 20 years apart, were unsuccessful.

His assignment Thursday was simply to maintain the momentum the Obama campaign has been building during the last three weeks. But along with that came a challenge posed by Palin’s sex. He needed to walk a line between respectful and combative—and avoid coming off as patronizing or condescending. The McCain campaign has made a habit of terming attacks on Palin sexist or elitist.

Palin was not burdened by such concerns and, as befitting her overnight rise from a state politician to a national star, she spent much of the affair showcasing her feisty, salt-of-the-earth personality, employing such phrases as “darn right” and “bless their hearts” and smiling and even winking at the audience. She referred to herself again as a “hockey mom” and said she was talking to “Joe Six-Pack.”

Sarah Palin Selected as John McCain’s Running Mate

August 29, 2008

Well, we are assured history in this year’s Presidential election. We will either have our first African-American President in Barack Obama, or our first woman Vice President. Senator John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, this according to CNN this morning.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

From the New York Times:

She hunts! She fishes! She eats moose burgers! She can gut a salmon as well as dispatch an incumbent governor! She’s a rural mother of five who clings to guns and religion -– exuberantly!

In choosing as his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, two years removed from her only other political job as a small-town mayor, John McCain has certainly offered up a giant-killer -– “Sarah Barracuda,” as she’s known in the Last Frontier State.

Palin, who has more than a passing resemblance to Tina Fey, took on the kleptocracy of Alaska’s Republican politics and won.

First, she ousted hated incumbent Frank Murkowski in a primary two years ago, and then promptly cleaned up his mess in Juneau, even selling his private jet on e-bay. Second, she rejected the “bridge to nowhere,” the famous earmark for a span from Ketchikan to an island of 50 people -– further angering the politicians-for-life who have run Alaska for half as long as it’s been in the union.

But she has her own ethics concern, the subject of an investigation of whether the governor’s office was involved in the firing a state trooper who was in the midst of a nasty divorce from Palin’s sister — Troopergate with a bit of Alaska Gothic thrown in. And McCain’s selection -– a woman who looks young enough to be his college-age daughter -– makes it hard for Republicans to criticize Barack Obama for his in inexperience. Palin is an inoculation for what may be the biggest rap against Obama. That’s a huge risk.

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Credit: Getty Images

From CNN:

Palin, 44, who’s in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state’s top political job.

She catapulted to the post with a strong reputation as a political outsider, forged during her stint in local politics. She was mayor and a council member of the small town of Wasila and was chairman of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska’s oil and gas resources, in 2003 and 2004.

The conservative Palin defeated two so-called political insiders to win the governor’s job — incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and former two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in the 2006 general election. iReport.com: What do you think of McCain’s VP pick?

Palin made her name in part by backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislative session after her election, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul.

Palin’s term has not been without controversy. A legislative investigation is looking into allegations that Palin fired Alaska’s public safety commissioner because he refused to fire the governor’s former brother-in-law, a state trooper.

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Credit: Reuters/AP Photo

Palin has focused on energy and natural resources policy during her short stint in office, and she is known for her support of drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, a position opposed by McCain but supported by many grass-roots Republicans.

Her biography on the state governor’s Web site says one of the two major pieces of legislation passed during her first legislative session was a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.