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010311_HA_brown_inaug_03 schwarzenegger.JPGA story published by POLITICO today notes speculation that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, pictured at left listening to Gov. Jerry Brown's inauguration speech, could be considered to fill a soon-to-be vacant senior energy and climate adviser post in the Obama administration.

From POLITICO:

If Obama is looking to send a message, he could go with Arnold Schwarzenegger, expected by some on the left to fill the vacancy. The former California governor is a Republican who supported the Golden State's climate change law and has no trouble commanding attention.

"The governor has consistently supported President Obama on this issue and is committed to working with him," former Schwarzenegger adviser Adam Mendelsohn said Tuesday.

But that idea didn't excite lawmakers.

"He was courageous as a Republican governor, but I don't see him in a staff job at the White House," said House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

The White House confirmed this week that Obama's current energy czar, Carol Browner, will soon step down. Read the full story here.

PHOTO CREDIT: Former Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis listen to Gov. Jerry Brown's inaugural address Jan. 3, 2011, at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com



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