WGA strike mediator: Has anyone considered Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Ted Johnson at Variety’s Wilshire & Washington spoke to the Governor’s press rep, Aaron McClear, on the current status of the strike’s Schwarzeneggarianess. McClear said that a Sacramento staffer has been in regular contact with each side as well as a federal mediator. But man himself? Not so much.

At a press conference today where the Governor announced that California’s suing the EPA so we can be allowed to enforce greenhouse gas emissions standards [Ed. note: Wait, we have to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce environmental standards? I am so confused], Gov. Schwarzenegger took a question about his would-be role in the strike:

“If I’m asked, down the line, I will get involved. But at this point, I’ve been talking to them, but I’ve not been asked. …I think it’s very important that we settle that as quickly as possible, because it has a tremendous economic impact on our state. …The studio executives are not going to suffer, the union leaders are not going to suffer, the writers that are striking, they are not going to suffer. Those are all people that have money. But the people that really — you know, the electricians, the grips, the set designers, those are the people that are suffering because they will not get paid now, and they are out of work.”

— DH

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