The scandalous revelations about former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger—after the separation from his Maria Shriver was announced last week, today it was revealed that Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a long-time member of his household staff—demonstrates the tricky political calculations necessary for anyone in public office, and especially someone with a reputation like the movie star. California’s former First Lady called her husband’s admission “heartbreaking” and asked for privacy as her and her children tried to rebuild their lives and heal, but for over 20 years Shriver was Schwarzenegger’s rock of support. When accusations that he had groped several women were leveled against Schwarzenegger while he was running for governor during the recall election in 2003, Shriver fiercely defended her husband. While he governed as a Republican, Schwarzenegger’s Democrat wife fully supported him. We spend some time mapping the political rise and fall of perhaps the ultimate power couple, and to see if there’s anything to learn from the separation of Arnold and Maria.
Dan Walters, political columnist, Sacramento Bee