Secretary Schwarzenegger?

Oh, don’t poo-poo it — it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.

Just as our governor and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg grace the cover of Time magazine as political “soul mates,” Bloomberg announced yesterday he’s leaving the Republican party, fueling talk that he’ll run for president as an independent.

Bloomberg has sky-high approval ratings in his city-state of 8 million people; stupendous, worldwide name recognition both through his political career and his business; and perhaps as much as $1 billion of his personal fortune to spend on a presidential campaign.

Schwarzenegger — whose approval ratings aren’t as high as Bloomberg’s, but still pretty good and far better than the state Legislature’s — remains one of the nation’s (and the world’s) most recognizable political figures, and so could be a campaign-trail powerhouse for his “soul mate.” And, note that Bloomberg made his announcement during a campaign-style swing through California, in which he appeared with Schwarzenegger.

And while that pesky Constitution prevents Schwarzenegger — who’s not a natural-born citizen — from running for president himself, there’s nothing to keep him from a Cabinet appointment. Secretary of… what?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Gary

    Business Week just did a glowing cover story on Bloomberg, the mayor as CEO, praising him because he runs New York City like a corporation. Sounds as though Independent means not independent of the big corporations.