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Arnold Still in the Race, Maybe: Aide

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Despite some rumblings that Arnold Schwarzenegger will not run for governor of California, an aide to the Austrian-born action star and Republican said Monday that a final decision has not been reached.

As noted by Reuters, FOX News and a Sacramento Bee columnist quoted sources as saying Schwarzenegger would not run during the unprecedented recall effort against California’s Democratic Governor Gray Davis. (The filing deadline for candidates seeking to replace Davis is Aug. 9.)

“There are reports in the media that Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided not to run in the California recall election. These reports are incorrect,” Schwarzenegger’s political adviser George Gorton said in a statement.

“Arnold spent the weekend continuing his due diligence regarding a possible run. 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.”

Some reports have speculated that Schwarzenegger’s wife, NBC news personality Maria Shriver, 47 — who happens to be a member of the nation’s best-known Democratic family as niece of former President John F. Kennedy — opposes her husband’s entry into high-profile politics. Maria’s uncle, Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, has stated publicly he would not support Schwarzenegger’s Republican bid.

On Tuesday — as if to show Shriver’s influence on her husband — the Los Angeles Times reports that she practically ran a recent business meeting at which it was decided whether her husband would switch talent agencies.

“She’s not afraid to speak her mind with Arnold, and he really relishes it,” said producer John Davis, who made the 1987 action movie “Predator” with Schwarzenegger and considers Shriver “one of my best friends.”