Arnold Schwarzenegger strikes a pose in the 1970s during his bodybuilding glory years. He is returning as editor for two bodybuilding magazines, a post he resigned in 2005.

The Buzz: Arnold Schwarzenegger goes back to his bodybuilding roots

Published: Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a bodybuilding editor once again, resuming a lucrative position he resigned in 2005 after critics pointed out his conflict of interest as governor of California.

American Media Inc. on Friday named Schwarzenegger its "group executive editor" for Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines, coinciding with this weekend's 25th anniversary of the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition in Columbus, Ohio.

He will provide "strategic and creative input" and write monthly columns in the magazines, AMI said.

The publisher previously paid the former Republican governor at least $1 million a year before he resigned.

Critics pointed out that the governor profited from ads for dietary supplements while he was considering legislation aimed at curbing youth use.

Schwarzenegger vetoed one such bill in 2004 while he was an AMI editor. A year later, he signed a measure written by the same lawmaker, then Democratic Sen. Jackie Speier, requiring high school athletes to sign a pledge against taking dangerous supplements.

Schwarzenegger at the time denied any conflict and later joked about the loss of revenue: "I have no problem about the money, but my wife had a little problem with that."

– Kevin Yamamura

CAMPAIGN WATCH

It's official: Assemblyman Henry T. Perea won't run for the 16th Senate District seat that Michael Rubio resigned last week. The Fresno Democrat, who had topped the list of possible contenders, sent out an email blast Friday saying he'll stick with the 31st Assembly District due to commitments he's made to constituents and to his wife and family.

– Micaela Massimino

WORTH REPEATING

"My previous experience is the message of the party has been more of a message of 'no.' We need a more inspirational message."

ROCKY CHÁVEZ, Oceanside Republican assemblyman, telling the San Diego Union–Tribune that he hopes this weekend's California GOP convention in Sacramento will strike a more moderate tone

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