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Outgoing Govs Likely To Stay In The Limelight

November 15, 2010
We're hoping California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) goes back to the movie business. Schwarzenegger, who is exiting office with low approval ratings, is no longer touted as a national GOP leader. But the Obama administration would love to get his high-profile bipartisan presence on policy initiatives, so look for Schwarzenegger to be involved in national discussions, even if he does decide to re-enter Hollywood.

Another bipartisan pol looking for another job is Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I). Crist is reportedly interested in staying in politics despite lacking a party, and is thinking about running in Rep. Bill Young's (R) district. No word on whether he'd run as an independent, and don't hold your breath to hear which party he'd potentially caucus with, either.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is likely to join the Obama administration, in one way or another. Frequently floated as a potential Supreme Court nominee, Granholm is a close Obama ally, and the White House will be looking to give her a new job. But Granholm's extremely low approval ratings, and the abysmal Michigan economy, means that the White House will have to place her in a position that doesn't draw much attention or require a brutal confirmation hearing.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), once thought politically dead, is thinking about staying in politics. No word if that's American or Argentine politics, though. Either way, expect the fellow to stay in the headlines.

Not to be outdone, New York Gov. David Paterson (D) has decided to return to teaching after he finishes his term. The jury's still out on what he'd teach. But we're betting that whatever subject he chooses, he'll want us to hear his thoughts about how Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo (D) is doing.
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