Sarah Palin: Schwarzenegger's behavior showed 'bad character'
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin weighed in Wednesday on the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a child out of wedlock more than a decade ago with a member of his household staff, saying it shows "bad character."
"It is irresponsible and pretty disgusting things that he did to deny that he had a child for 10 years," Palin said in an interview on Fox News.
Schwarzenegger admitted the out-of-wedlock child in a statement to The Times on Monday. "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
Few strategists interviewed by The Times said they believed the disclosures would permanently derail Schwarzenegger's political or entertainment pursuits.
Timing was key, several experts said, noting that if the details had emerged during Schwarzenegger's campaigns for office or during his seven-year tenure as governor, they could have had a far more devastating effect on his career.
Read more about how pundits believe the revelations will impact Schwarzenegger's future here.
-- Shelby Grad
Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Credit: Los Angeles Times