When he said he’d be back, no one expected that Arnold Schwarzenegger meant at a tailgate rally at Michigan State ahead of the University of Michigan football game—but that’s where he will make his return to the campaign trail next Saturday in East Lansing.
Schwarzenegger will land in the middle of the night, on a break from shooting the new Terminator movie in Budapest, to rally in support of Michigan Proposal 2, which would create an independent redistricting commission. He’ll then fly to Colorado for a rally supporting the redistricting initiative there, as part of his continuing mission to end partisan gerrymandering, which could lead to a massive change in the makeup of the House and state legislatures everywhere.
Currently, in most states, deals are struck between politicians that determine the shape of the districts, with increasingly sophisticated technology enabling the party in control to arrange conditions that slice and dice voters in its favor. Schwarzenegger has been railing about this since the ballot initiative he pushed through as governor of California in 2008.
“People see that things are not going right. Sometimes they express themselves by voting for outsiders,” Schwarzenegger said in a FaceTime conversation from Kiev on Saturday, driving from a late lunch with the mayor and Ukrainian prime minister to a speech he was giving to a business group. “When they see that doesn’t work, they look for the next thing. ‘What else can we fix?’”