<em>Patt Morrison</em> is known for its innovative discussions of local politics and culture, as well as its presentation of the effects of national and world news on Southern California.
Hosted by
Airs

The political calculations of a political power couple: the rise & fall of Arnold & Maria




Photo shows Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivering a keynote address at the Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2011 conference.
Photo shows Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivering a keynote address at the Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2011 conference.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Listen to story

21:54
Download this story 10.0MB

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.

Guest:

Dan Walters, political columnist, Sacramento Bee