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Inside Move: Arnold still an undecided

Filing deadline for candidates in recall election is Aug. 9

Another day, another denial that Arnold Schwarzenegger has pulled the plug on running for governor of California.

The denial — the second in five days — came Monday from Schwarzenegger’s political adviser, George Gorton, who issued it in response to online reports that the thesp had thrown in the towel.

“Arnold spent the weekend continuing his due diligence regarding a possible run,” Gorton said. “He has made no decision at this time. He will continue to weigh the pros and cons with his family and will continue to seek the counsel of supporters and colleagues.”

The reports speculated Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, opposes her husband moving into the no-holds-barred world of high-stakes politics.

The filing deadline for candidates seeking to replace Gov. Gray Davis in the upcoming recall election is Aug. 9; the election is set for Oct. 7, with a two-part ballot: whether to remove Davis and a list of replacement candidates.

Spokeswoman Jill Eisenstadt told Daily Variety Schwarzenegger would probably decide this week.

Schwarzenegger would likely face unprecedented scrutiny if he runs. When the thesp criticized Davis’ handling of the state’s energy crisis in 2001 and said he was interested in seeking the governorship, Davis’ political strategist faxed to reporters an unflattering Premiere magazine profile about Schwarzenegger.

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