19, 2003 - Say what you
want about the British media’s fascination with sexual scandals, but
at least the press there is consistent, giving fairly equal coverage
to the extramarital affairs by both Republicans and Democrats.
Meanwhile, the U.S. media continues to ignore reports of California
Gov. Wannabe and Groper Arnold Schwarzenegger’s extramarital affairs
and groping sessions. That gives more credence to the notion that
the American media reports on such aspects of a politician’s
character mostly if they involve Democrats. If Schwarzenegger was a
Democrat running for office and not a Republican with the blessing
of the White House, CNN and Fox and MSNBC and others would be doing
24-hour coverage on his extracurricular sexual activities. The
London Evening Standard laid out Schwarzenegger’s history of groping
and sexual harassment against women nicely on Monday [see
"The Groping Governor", by Wendy Leigh]. The Standard was one of
many newspapers I contacted and sent information after I wrote some
columns on that same subject for various Internet sites [such as at
indymedia] about a week ago. Has anyone seen any other similar
stories in U.S. newspapers? I have not.
The Standard’s story is by Wendy
Leigh, author of Arnold: An Unauthorised Biography. It’s
important to note that TV cameras actually recorded Robot Man
putting his hand on Terminator 3 co-star Kristanna Loken’s butt
while they waved to the crowds from a balcony with Maria close by
them a mere few weeks ago. Not even Packwood would be that bold.
And Republicans and some Democrats still think this “family man” is
fit to be governor of California?
Leigh says that when Robot Man came
to London in 2000, his behavior led insiders to label him “the
octopus.” When TV interviewer Anna Richardson interviewed
Schwarzenegger about his recent movie, he reportedly asked her
pointblank if her breasts were real. “He then pulled her onto his
knee, circled her nipple with his finger, squeezed it and announced:
‘Yeah, they are real,’” Leigh reported.
And when Denise Van Outen interviewed
him, Robot Man “slapped her bottom, then brushed his arm against her
breast. Afterwards, he smirked: ‘It was a handful. I never know if
my wife’s watching. I’ll tell her it was a stuntman,’” Leigh
There was another interesting bit
about Schwarzenegger’s alleged affair with Gigi Goyette, who Leigh
says was a former Little House on the Prairie actress [I couldn’t
find another report confirming that – did Goyette change her name?
I’m not exactly an expert on that TV series]. In 2001, the National
"Arnold's Mistress"] reported on this affair, naming Goyette.
That report said the couple met when she was 16 and he was 28 and
unmarried, and they had sex. That would be a crime, I believe, to
have sex with an under-aged girl, even in California. They
separated, only to meet again in 1989 and continue the affair for
some seven years. Schwarzenegger and his handlers have denied such
affairs and even the on-camera gropings, which are recorded for all
to see. To them, the gropings are just friendly banter.
Still, Robot Man soon dropped out of
the California governor’s race after that report, which was not
exactly over-covered by the mainstream media [the New York Post
was among the few to mention it]. To keep Shriver from leaving,
Schwarzenegger reportedly gave her a Mercedes SUV, a convertible
Lexus, a diamond bracelet and spa treatments worth tens of thousands
of dollars. Of course, Kennedy women are used to such
treatment and bribes to stay married; Leigh says that Jackie Kennedy
accepted a whopping $1 million from Joe Kennedy to stay with JFK
after she tired of his extramarital affairs. For the record, I
didn’t like the Kennedys doing that kind of crap and covering up
their affairs with bribes – that at least borders on criminal
behavior. [See, I’m actually criticizing a Democrat.] But not even
JFK was brazen enough to hold another woman’s butt in front of his
wife, as Schwarzenegger has done on camera.
The 2001 National Enquirer did not
have Goyette confirming the affair, as Leigh’s story and a column a
week earlier in The Guardian did.
The latter British newspaper’s column at Guardian said Goyette
made the claim on a TV program called “Arnold Schwarzenegger - Made
In Britain.” On that show, Goyette described herself as not so much
a mistress, but as Robot Man’s “avenue of relaxation.” She also
explained Schwarzenegger’s fondness for groping this way: “Sure, he
will sometimes grab a woman’s ass and say, like, ‘Hey, you’ve got a
nice ass.’ But it is just, like, his way of making them feel better.
Every woman likes to get a compliment from time to time.” I’ve never
tried giving a woman a “compliment” by grabbing her butt myself, but
the men I know who do usually get slapped or scolded – real fast.
Some states even arrest men for sexual assault for doing that.
Leigh says that the roots of
Schwarzenegger’s attitudes on women date to his Austrian teen-age
years. His father, Gustav, worried about Robot Man’s sexuality since
he was obsessed with bodybuilding, an activity that, rightly or
wrongly, has gay connotations. [As a former high school and college
hoopster, I have been in my share of gyms without turning gay. But I
admit I received my share of propositions from gay men while there.]
So Gustav encouraged his son to bring
girls to their home in Graz. That paid off, Leigh reported. “By the
time Arnold was 19 and had come to England to compete in the Mr.
Universe contest, his appetite for women was well-developed — as was
his crude approach to them. Newcastle bodybuilder John Citrone told
me: ‘Any time we were in hotels or bars, he’d ask girls straight
out: ‘Do you want to come to bed with me?’ He was very forward,’”
So again, why should I care if the
Republican candidate for governor of California is a hypocritical
adulterer and groper? Isn’t that only the business of Schwarzenegger
and Maria and God, as we Clinton defenders said during the Monica
For one thing, the accusations
against Schwarzenegger include some that are not just extramarital
affairs between consenting adults. Some involve sexual harassment
towards women who wanted nothing to do with Robot Man; at least one
report involves him slamming the woman against a wall after she said
no. That’s a crime in most states, even California.
That’s the most important reason for
me pursuing this. Then, I repeat what I wrote in an earlier column:
If Schwarzenegger wasn’t hypocritically campaigning as a good family
man, taking Maria and the kids with him on campaign stops, I might
give him a break. If he was running for mayor of Brentwood, not the
most populous U.S. state with the most electoral votes in the
life-and-death 2004 presidential race in which we HAVE to kick Bush
out of the White House, I might cut him some slack.
If Republicans hadn’t wasted millions
in the 1990s investigating President Clinton’s private life and
trying to oust him over lying about an affair, I might say “hasta la
vista” to my campaign to publicize Republican Schwarzenegger’s
extramarital affairs and bold gropings that at least border
on sexual assault.
If we knew something about
what Schwarzenegger might do as California governor, I might back
off. If Schwarzenegger would – or could – tell us his vision for the
state or speak about exactly how he will solve California’s
earthquake-sized budget woes, I might stop writing right here.
If Bush racketeer Rove hadn’t
cynically and secretly engineered this recall after their guy,
Richard Riordan, lost in 2002, I might keep my nose in Texas. You
really think arch-conservative Rep. Darrell Issa wanted to
drop out of this race after spending $2 million of his own bucks to
get the damn recall election?
You really think Riordan just
decided on his own not to run, especially after Schwarzenegger
burned him by giving him indications he might not run and lied about
how they both supposedly worked together to maintain suspense? You
really think people like former Gov. Pete Wilson just happen
to become this political neophyte’s campaign co-chairman?
Fox News even reported that
Republican leaders – they mentioned Rove in the story but mostly
blamed a Republican California politician in the story
"GOP Candidates Under Pressure to Support Arnold" - are
pressuring more conservative Republicans like Bill Simon, who was
the Republican nominee last year against Gov. Gray Davis, and state
Sen. Tom McClintock to get out of the race to make it easier for
Schwarzenegger. So far, they have resisted the strong-arm tactics,
but you wonder how long they can put up with cell phone calls by
Rove and others who do his dirty work.
After my columns on Schwarzenegger
ran, I have received many emails and read many other reports from
people who say they know women who were sexually harassed or had an
affair with the Terminator. Someone who contacted me is trying to
organize a group that will speak out publicly. If you know a woman
who has been sexually harassed by Schwarzenegger and would like to
join others in speaking out, contact
Finally, it was expected that someone
like Rob Lowe, who once video-taped a sexual session of him in bed
with two women – one of whom was under-aged - during a Democratic
National Convention, would join Schwarzenegger’s campaign. After
all, they can go out together hunting for under-aged girls to grope.
[See, I’m criticizing a Democrat twice in the same column – a record
But Oprah Winfrey is considering
endorsing Robot Man, which would really help his support among
women. If you don’t think she should, contact the
And you can also
sign a petition to totally recall Schwarzenegger. More than 600
people already have signed it in the first few days. If Robot Man
does get elected governor, I plan to forward the petition to
California Democrats who hopefully will initiate a real recall
effort themselves. To sign a petition to oppose the recall, go to
Progressive Majority site.
While some support me on this
campaign, even fellow progressives have told me to lay off this sex
stuff and focus on issues like Iraq and the economy. My response is
that enough people are focusing on Iraq and the economy. Polls show
that most American voters support what Bush is doing in Iraq but not
on the economy. So if anything, we should be focusing more on the
lousy economy and Bush’s inability to do anything to improve it as
he takes another month-long vacation. Oh wait, that’s how Bush is
improving the economy, by getting the hell out of the White House
and going on vacation. That might work better than tax cuts for the
And I still think that if voters know
that Republicans like Schwarzenegger have extramarital affairs and
might have even committed assault while publicly acting like good
family men, it will affect the way most Americans vote more than
most other issues. That’s just the way the game is played these
days. I’m not making up the rules, I’m just trying to take full
advantage of them.
SEE A WONDERFULLY
GOVERNOR-LIKE PIC OF ARNOLD WITH HIS HANDS IN ACTION: here
I'LL MAKE BUSH SEEM LIKE MOTHER TERESA: read
the story here
HOW TO BE TWO YEARS
BEHIND THE CURVE ON EVERYTHING: A Presidential Primer In
Stubbornness and A Warning For Those Who Would Vote For Arnold:
OUI MAG INTERVIEW OF GANG BANGS AND HASHISH SMOKING:
Jackson Thoreau is an American writer and
co-author of We Will Not Get Over It: Restoring a Legitimate White
House. The updated, 120,000-word electronic book can be downloaded
his Internet site.
Citizens for Legitimate Government has the earlier version.