The Race to Succeed Arnold

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When Arnold Schwarzenegger first sought California’s governorship in 2003, many saw it as the role of a lifetime.

But these days, those seeking to succeed him get a far different perspective: Why on earth would you want the job?

With the state running perilously close to running out of money, and a byzantine system of perpetual budget fights and confusing ballot initiatives, even those in the entertainment industry’s hefty donor community exhibit a greater degree of skepticism as a new field of 2010 candidates pushes an agenda of reform.

That’s the subject of my latest story in Sunday’s print edition of Variety, which you can read here.

13202973 Update: Schwarzenegger tweeted this evening: “A little adventure just now when my plane made an emergency landing. All’s ok, though.” (picture at right).

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