Arnold Schwarze negger longed to run for the White House, but prosecutors could send him to the Big House if he misused public funds to cover up for any of his alleged mistresses. It’s the latest development in his mushrooming love child scandal.
The Californian Attorney General reportedly plans to launch an “inquiry” into whether Schwarzenegger dipped into taxpayer funds to cover up his alleged liaisons while governor from 2003 until January this year, according to gossip site radaronline.
But such cases are difficult to prove.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer faced the same inquiry after he was arrested for soliciting high priced call girl Ashley Dupre, including transporting Dupre to Washington, D.C. for a tryst.
Money is fungible, however, and Spitzer was never charged.
Schwarzenegger could be on the hook if he used his state-funded security details to cover up women being escorted into his hotel room, according to the Web site.
William Taylor, a hotel security guard, reportedly said he saw California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and vehicles ferrying scantily-clad women in-and-out of Schwarzenegger’s hotel suite in the state capital.
“It makes me very angry just to think of what was going on at that time,” said Taylor, who passed a polygraph test about his claims administered by the National Enquirer.
“On three different occasions after the governor arrived alone at the Hyatt Regency, CHP Dignitary Protection Services arrived in their official vehicles, black Ford Crown Victoria sedans – about one to two hours later with one or two young females.
“They’d hurriedly escort the women through the service entrance on the second floor parking garage to the elevator that went to the governor’s private wing,” he said.
“The women would usually stay for two to four hours and either leave through the hotel’s main entrance or be driven away by the CHP in the same official vehicles.”
Schwarzenegger denies Taylor’s charges and is backed by CHP officials and one executive from the hotel.
Eric Bauman, a state Democratic Party official, has demanded an official inquiry into the ex-governor’s public finances.
The scandal broke with a story in The Los Angeles Times, now believed to have been dished to the paper by estranged wife Maria Shriver.
Shortly afterward, Schwarzenegger issued a statement admitting he fathered a love child with his former housekeeper Mildred Baena.