LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A local Democratic party leader is calling for an investigation into the latest revelations about California’s former governor.

KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports the top Democrat in the county is calling for the Fair Political Practice Commission to take a closer look into just how Arnold Schwarzenegger paid for child support during his time in office.

“This woman and this child had to be taken care of, there had to be ways to keep the public from finding out, and I certainly would like to know if campaign funds or state resources were used,” said Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Bauman said the affair was only the private consequence of a very public persona that Schwarzenegger has been fostering since his first campaign for governor.

“Here’s a guy who, during the course of his first run for governor, was very dismissive and very aggressive with women who came forward and made accusations about him,” Bauman said.

The Democratic leader emphasized he was not accusing Schwarzenegger of any wrong-doing, but that “the people have a right to know” if public funds were used for expenses in the governor’s private life.

In the end, however, Bauman stressed that the true victims in this case are Schwarzenegger’s estranged wife Maria and their children.

“I have great sympathy for Maria and the governor’s children, and I also have great sympathy for this woman, who has now been identified and the child that stems from it,” Bauman said.

“Quite frankly, none of this had to happen, but for the fact that we had a super-macho governor who couldn’t behave himself,” he added.

Comments (13)
  1. Crazycat says:

    Can we also investigate the mother of the lovechild to see if she is here legally? Something tells me there’s still more to come of this story…

  2. Robert says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if indeed the “terminator” used public funds to support his indiscretions. I for one never trusted him from day one when he run for office for the very reason that he obviously has a sinister plan all along to boost his popularity. I think the very reason this separation came about is with regards to the recent “birther” issue, when previously he lobbied extensively to have the constitution be amended for someone who is not a natural born citizen like him to qualify to run for the office of the President of the US, to the disappointment of his wife who I believe is a frustrated first lady and conniving with all this drama that is unfolding.

    1. Astonished says:

      He’s a multimillionaire many times over. He didn’t need to use public funds. She just wants more. I hope her greedy grab fails.

  3. diosdao1001 says:

    Yes, he should be investigated to the full extend. Those were many years of child and maybe spousal support to have gone without questioning about the money spent somehow on someone not recognized as a famili member.
    Remember he was chosen cause gray davis has the State in trouble?
    Well, Arnold took over but he left it worse than the way he found it. We could have been better of with Davis.

  4. John says:

    Why is everyone shocked about this situation? He was a player before he got married. The news reporters are acting like he was the only actor or government that ever did something like this.

  5. James says:

    That is the Democrats for you. Hay lets waste more Tax Payers monies in this investigation instead of just going ok he is a Millionaire and never accepted his $206,500 annual salary from the State of CA. Only simple minded people would think that he used Public Monies to pay for that. No wonder why California is in the state it is in now, too many simples.

  6. lm says:

    You know it makes sense that a budget was never passed on time and California was short on money every year and now there’s a “windfall” since he’s been out of office. HMMMM

  7. upyours says:

    Looks like the a$$wipe, Bauman, has nothing else to do for publicity.

  8. Astonished says:

    Oh, please, I am so over this! So he couldn’t keep it in his pants. That makes him just like all the other male politicians out there! I’m angrier about her! She carries the bulk of the blame. She was married and knew he was, and went after him anyway. And she couldn’t even have the class to use protection, so now there is a child (not a love child, just and innocent child) involved. So now she’s threatening to tell! GO AHEAD! You’ve already proven you have no shame, I can’t wait to see you smear your family’s name in the effort to get money! I hope you fail!! Greedy, that’s all she is.

    1. Christiana says:

      Your article prfetecly shows what I needed to know, thanks!

  9. john says:

    I don’t fully understand why people are UPSET with ARNOLD but NOT with the mistress as well ?! Bauman says he has “sympathies” for Maria & the mistress. But the mistress KNEW Arnold was a married man. As far as I know she wasn’t forced to do anything against her will. I say SHAME on her too. It takes too to tango or tangle, and in this case it was Arnold & the mistress. The ONLY INNOCENT one is Maria. She seems to have been the only faithful one of the three.

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