Inside Move: Arnold’s admiration

Governator won't be taken for granite

There’s fame, and then there’s history.

While Arnold Schwarzenegger has scaled new heights with his election to California governor, a former Soviet republic is looking to really put him on the map.

The government of Georgia has promised to name a mountain in the Caucasus range after the bodybuilder-turned-star — if he’ll accept the honors in person.

Temur Shashiashvili, a spokesman for Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, says the motivation is simple: “We want to establish close contacts with California.”

It’s not the first time the Georgian government has made the offer to Schwarzenegger. It approached him a couple of years ago, but Shashiashvili says the star declined, citing ill health at the time.

The likelihood of the ceremony taking place anytime soon remains slim.

“I don’t see it making the schedule in the near future,” a spokesman for the governer-elect told the Associated Press last week. “As gratifying as it is to have a mountain named after you, his whole attention is right here in California.”

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