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Posted on Tue, May 17, 2011 : 10:15 a.m.

Jennifer Granholm to Arnold Schwarzenegger and other male governors: 'Keep ur pants zipped'

By Nathan Bomey

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm had a few choice words for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today.

Granholm posted a passionate response to news that Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock a decade ago with a member of his household staff.

"Another guy guv admits 2 cheating on his wife," Graholm posted on her Twitter account. "Maybe we need more women governors. Guys: keep ur pants zipped, for Pete's sake."

She added the "#Arnold" hashtag just to be clear that she was referring to Schwarzenegger's infidelities, which were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.


Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm posted this message to Twitter this morning.

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Rex M Rogers

Wed, May 25, 2011 : 6:54 p.m.

I didn't agree with many of former Governor Granholm's policy decisions, but I'm inclined to agree with her here. And I don't think it's fair to say she'd only post this against a Republican. Plenty of people are fed up with male politicians' blatant sexual infidelities, demonstrating a distinct lack of character if not also lack of wisdom, and this feeling isn't about partisanship. I'm certainly tired of it, and I was a fan of Schwarzenegger's from the movie days and I tend to vote Republican. Women are susceptible to this issue, too, of course--obviously, a woman was involved in almost all these stories. But still, I'm with Governor Granholm on this one. I'm ready to give women with character an opportunity to lead.

Jack Gladney

Thu, May 19, 2011 : 6:47 a.m.

Thanks for letting us know that Jenny has a Twitter. I am now following her. How is this news?


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 6:05 p.m.

Jennifer Granholm must discuss the issue of love and lust. sexual instincts are normal and natural. There is no need to zip pants as long as we clearly understand our feelings and display them with due care to protect the dignity of the people involved in an act of sexual gratification.


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 3:58 p.m.

I dnt knw tht win usin twitr u coud get way wit not spellenz ur wrds out. Hppy 2 see our wrld dumbin dnw.

Roger Roth

Wed, May 18, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

Men are disgusting!


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:34 p.m.

Who gives a rats patoot. Let the news report NEWS, not all the sleez about who's doing who & the actors lives as well. We don't need to know all that stuff. Besides who cares?


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:26 p.m.

It's really none of her business!


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:03 p.m.

I missed the governor's comment on what John Edwards was doing while his wife was suffering from cancer. Could you please report on that in a follow up column?


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

Least we forget not Chappaquiddick and Ted Kennedy, Clinton and Lewinksi, or the ever loving disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. I guess Ms. Granholm doesn't know 'democrats who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones'.


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 10:54 a.m.

Why is her Twitter post news worthy?


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 10:20 a.m.

Words to live by!


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:21 a.m.

I don't care if Gov Schwarzenegger is from mars and a member of the communist party! What he did was wrong just the same as many others in the political arena and outside it. It seems some of the "intellectuals" that often post here can not get past their political bias. And can't make a comment on the weather without bringing politics into it! I think EX Gov Granholm could have chose her words a little more carefully. But that's on her.

free form

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 11:42 p.m.

Jennifer Granholm has the right to say whatever she wants about this situation. She is now a private citizen and is as entitled to her own opinion as YOU are. If writing a snarky post on the internet makes a person less "classy" than everyone who has commented on this thread should be sipping Boone's Farm in the nearest trailer park with "Jenny" and me. It was obviously a tongue-in-cheek post. It was funny because it is true. Everyone up in arms about this situation reminds me of the Doctor who recently had to resign due to a similar tongue-in-cheek reference to sex. Of course, in that case almost all of the comments on were is support of the Doctor and his editorial. It's odd to me that when the roles are reversed and "politics" are thrown into the mix so many just can't take a joke...


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 10:58 p.m.

Despicable behavior is just that...whether it involves elected officials...or not. Democrat or Republican.

Elaine F. Owsley

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

I really don't know which is more tasteless. That you published the story, or that you published the comments. Sheeesh!

Jimmy McNulty

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

I wish Granholm were as vocal when it came to her buddy Kwame Kilpatrick and his shennanigans.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

Saying something about Kwame when she was governor would have given hizonor immediate grounds for appeal of any charges on which he was convicted--and he would have won. Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:48 p.m.

When she was in office she had something to lose.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:54 p.m.

Remind me again how what goes on in a couple's private marriage is any of my business.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:27 p.m.

Well, when the private person is a public person like the Governator, its all our business. People that hold high offices in the government should be role models.

Dan H

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:53 p.m.

Lighten up, everyone? Yeah, this is really humorous. Incredible that anyone could find anything "funny" at all about this tweet. I guess I'm just not a comedic genius like most liberals. I actually have to hear, read, or see something funny before actually finding humor in it. I must be odd. Dan


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

I do have to admit that Liberals seem to have better funny bones. But if you need help finding funny stuff, check out Fox News. :)


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

If this were France, Arnie would now be the front runner in the presidential campaign.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

Like women don't have affairs, Jenny?!? Puhhhleeeze! Celebs, in general, would do well to keep their lips zippered more often, and Moscow's point about keeping the state's purse zipped is dead-on. Maybe women are just better at keeping their lips zipped about their affairs than men.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

why would anyone quote the worst governor in Michigan history??? sad that she was elected to as many terms as she was and literlly detroyed this state. as already mentioned we certainly didn't hear her say a word about her boy Slick bill clinton and his sexcapades.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:57 p.m.

If this is the act that we were supposed to be "blown away" with, then she fell far short, just like her time as governor. I could only assume that she would find it just as humorous if Mike Cox or some other republican had tweeted "Women council members, keep your purses zipped closed." after the Monica Conyers ordeal?


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

I would prefer Jen-Jen would keep her opinion to herself. I guess she has a lot of free time now . . .


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

I can see it now, Dana Carvey back on SNL playing the governator's 10 year old love child ala Hanz and Franz!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:27 p.m.

Too bad with her as governor we cant even afford a pair of pants.

rusty shackelford

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:35 p.m.

Granholm is far from a class act herself. If I had a twitter, I'd also say governors shouldn't abandon the state they just finished serving IMMEDIATELY after leaving office. Granholm disgusts me. Like, even the governor of our state couldn't wait to scramble out. How's it make those of us stuck here feel?

rusty shackelford

Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:34 p.m.

Cash, a couple of points here. 1. I wasn't posting on this site a decade ago, given that it didn't exist. 2. I expect rank hypocrisy from GOP. Dems are supposedly better. 3. Granholm was all about "good jobs, good paying jobs" (in that obnoxiously soothing, patronizing voice) to MI. Yet she abandons the state ASAP "for a job.". 4. Granholm only deigned to move to MI in the first place when it became clear that Ed McNamara was willing to groom her to become governor. She stayed here exactly as long as she needed to to "get something better" (than being governor!), and then left immediately. As someone who literally (naively) worked for Granholm, I find her disgusting.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

And so she shouldn't take a job offer because she was o nce governor here? I didn't hear you crying when Engler left for his cushy job.

Moscow On The Huron

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:27 p.m.

It's perfectly OK with me that she left.

tom swift jr.

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:53 p.m.

I'm thinking that made her smarter than the rest of us, eh?


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:34 p.m.

All of this coming from a Governor who "Blew Us Away" Thanks Jennifer!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:40 p.m.



Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:28 p.m.

Keep your Twitter zipped shut.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:03 p.m.

I am stunned that posts can turn this into partisan bickering.

John B.

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:52 p.m.

Is that sarcasm? If not, why do you think ran it in the first place????

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:03 p.m.

"Too bad Granholm couldn't keep the state's purse zipped." Last time I checked the State of Michigan's constitution, the governor could not spend money unless it was appropriated by the legislature. Given that RepubliKans controlled the State Senate for her entire term of office, and controlled the State House for her first term, it seems that it was legislative RepubliKans, the vast majority of whom were men, who "needed to keep it zipped" Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:24 p.m.

It's true, it's true! Thank you, Ghost, for a reminder of the Republican FACTS during Granholm's attempt to get our state back on track . Remember also that she took office after Engler destroyed our economy.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

Wow,, she really jumped into that one like someone in a Jerry Springer audience. Way to keep yourself classy, Jenny!

Woman in Ypsilanti

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:41 p.m.

Man, I *love* Jenny G! Seriously. And she is right. Even if you are not in a position of power, if you are married, it is a good idea to stay faithful to one's spouse. That is true if you are male or female. But fwiw, until we change our policies on marriage, there aren't going to be many female governors accused of cheating on their wives. Just sayin'


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:29 p.m.

Isn't there a case pending against a local female judge who is alleged to have harrassed a probation officer for sex. Does that mean that we need more male judges?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:05 p.m.

Assuming your "isn't there" is factual, it's ONE. Name another woman politicians guilty of such indiscretions. Do I really need to name all of the male politicians, some of them multiple times, who couldn't keep their pants zipped? Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:27 p.m.

Oh, come on.....lighten up everyone. I think it's humorous! The timing could have been better though. If she'd said this after a Democratic politician's indiscretion all of the right-wingers would have thought it was funny too. The fact that she tweeted it regarding a Republican gives them the excuse to turn it into something partisan. BTW, I'd have laughed just as hard if the subject/victim of her tweet had been a left-winger. Signed, A Democratic, Left-wing woman with a sense of humor


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

Yes, I thought it was hilarious too.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:27 p.m.

And women never cheat, or have babies with men that aren't their husbands. They are just better liars.........


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:22 p.m.

Politicians and former politicians should not be allowed to use Twitter -- ever.

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:19 p.m.


dading dont delete me bro

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

barb, it's not supposed to.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:16 p.m.

Calling her "Jenny" doesn't really further your case.

tom swift jr.

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:07 p.m.

There's a reason that Twitter is based on the word "Twit".

Mr. Tibbs

Wed, May 18, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

that is funny. (twit) no matter how it is spelled, ain't no wit in twitter


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:05 p.m.

It takes two to tango.

Micky Mouse

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:01 p.m.

Hey Granholm, you sure must not of did any parenting while you pursued your elected duties. Your children must of been raised by hired help. You have alot of room to talk. Often saw you flying all over globe and wondered who was raising your many young children and do not say your husband because he is a career lobbyist himself. Just a faded (Democratic) politician trying to get attention.

free form

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 11:48 p.m.

"you sure must not of did any parenting" Sigh... There are SO many issues with your post. Or should I say I have "alot" of issues with it? I will focus on this though... Are you saying women can't have demanding full time jobs if they have children?


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

Should this apply to Senator Stabbenow's hubby also????????????????????????


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

Was he in public office? No


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:48 p.m.

Relax Jen, it's a guy wouldn't understand


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:42 p.m.

Really, Jenny? Does she think Arnold raped this woman? Seems there was a woman involved here that didn't keep her skirt down either. Men don't have the corner on indiscretion...


Thu, May 19, 2011 : 1:05 a.m.

The woman involved wasn't married, nor was she in a position of power over Schwarzenegger. Try again, possibly with an argument from this century.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:15 p.m.

How soon we forget what other charming things he was accused of ... Remember Gropegate? Yeah, he's classy.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:55 p.m.

"Men don't have the corner on indiscretion..." No, but male politicians seem to be working on it ;-)


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:39 p.m.

I am sure glad we have such stellar examples from the democrats as Clinton and Ted Kennedy! This is not a political problem it is a societal problem. ANYONE that tries to make this a tea party issue is got one oar out of the water.

Stephen Landes

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:03 p.m.

and Edwards, and client number 9, and ... the hits just keep coming.

Moscow On The Huron

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:32 p.m.

Too bad Granholm couldn't keep the state's purse zipped.


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:10 a.m.

Or her mouth zippered...


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

She's just jealous Arnold didn't have eyes for her.

Micky Mouse

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:02 p.m.

Right On.

David Briegel

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

Hey, he's a TeaPublican and a member of the privileged class and is thus entitled. They aren't like the rest of us. Rules don't apply!


Wed, May 18, 2011 : 12:42 a.m.

It looks like you are starting to annoy even your own side! It REALLY does detract from any legitimate argument (does not happen often) you might put forth in on any subject. Even a blind chicken will find a kernel of corn every now and then! But you are starting to disprove that theory!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 10:33 p.m.

david a Democrat i find you an embarrassment in your blinders-on looptape shtick. Clinton, teddy and john kennedy and elliot spitzer...all dems/all philanderers too. His libido aside ( somewhat understandable, if not forgiveable, for a guy who made his name as a body- focussed narcisssist) ahnold is a pretty interesting guy and not at all lumpable into your little categories ( and i despise teapartiers too)....especially given his legitimate credentials on the environment. He's also a completely self- made man and owes nothing to inherited privilege...quite the opposite ,in fact, since his father was a nazi, and a.s. is one of the biggest private contributors to the simon Weisenthal foundation which hunts down nazis. Give it a rest ...please!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

He's a RINO and is married into (or was) one of the biggest liberal families in the universe. I wish he was a TeaPublican, so does California. No more Terminator, maybe Germinator or .........


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:16 p.m.

Arnold is far to socialist/statist to be in the Tea Party.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 4:08 p.m.

Care to explain Bill Clinton and the Kennedy's? You grossly overt bias is starting to get annoying. Try being part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

Jake C

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:59 p.m.

As a liberal, I wish you'd stop referring to everyone you disagree with as a "TeaPublican". It makes you sound kinda ignorant.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:41 p.m.

David, what evidence do you have that supports Arnold is a Tea Party supporter, or &quot;TeaPublican?&quot; I found an article from the Huffington Post that indicates Arnold has been critical of the Tea Parties and believed they would fade away. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Would you please enlighten us with some supporting facts to back your argument?


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:28 p.m.

Why do we have articles written about someones twitter post!


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:22 p.m.

Arnold acted like a typical Kennedy.

simply amazed

Wed, May 18, 2011 : 5:08 p.m.

Too late.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:46 p.m.

Like they say, you are what you... Wait, I can't go there.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:14 p.m.

This is the most entertaining thing Arnold's done since Terminator 2.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 5:20 p.m.

Disagree drut True Lies was after T2 -- and a great movie ... and given the title, appropos


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

The holiday classic Jingle All the Way wasn't bad.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:02 p.m.

Headlines news with out a doubt. I hope this makes front page on Sunday. Please come back Ann Arbor News!

Jake C

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:01 p.m.

Good batch of disgusting posts so far, keep 'em coming, commenters. @daytona084: Maybe Granholm was referring to the fact that so few female politicians have been accused of infidelity, whereas we hear about some new male governor or senator or other politician screwing around on a weekly basis.

Jake C

Thu, May 19, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

I know all about &quot;media control&quot;, but do you really think the Media would deliberately hide a juicy political scandal just because the accused is a woman? &quot;The Media&quot; isn't a monolithic entity, they simply tend to steer the story towards whatever sells the most papers or gets the most clicks, regardless of whatever political preconceptions you think they may have. And since male politicians messing around is pretty tired news by now, don't you think a news report about a powerful woman having an affair would be scandalous news?

Mr. Tibbs

Wed, May 18, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

hey jake, have you ever heard of media control?


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3 p.m.

I suspect former Governor Granholm wouldn't have made a similar comment regarding President Clinton and his transgressions while in the Oval Office. This is nothing more than partisan politics. Par for the course considering the source.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

You suspect? I think you're wrong - pretty sure she only said that it wasn't relevant to his presidency, which is true...


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Anybody else hate Twitter as much as me? It makes the user sound incredibly stupid. Now in contrast, the comments section makes us sound like well-rounded purveyors of authoritative knowledge. Ready to discuss Wichtenstein over a game of backgammon.

that's a tuffy

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:56 p.m.

I think you mean Wittgenstein. It is still funny.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:53 p.m.

What a sexist remark by Granholm. I guess she thinks either (a) only males are ever guilty of infidelity or (b) it's ok for a female governor to hop in the sack with whomever they want whenever they want.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 6:08 p.m.

You might want to take into account that governors aren't the only politicians and there have been plenty of Congresspeople and Senators, among other forms representation, who are women. I'm not necessarily agreeing with the premise, mind you, just that there are plenty of women out there in political positions and I am finding it hard to think of any who have been caught with their pants down, so to speak. It would be nice if all politicians would stop being so arrogant and power-hungry as to think they won't get caught if they do chose to behave this way.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:20 p.m.

@Jake C: 1. There hasn't been a statistically significant number of female governors to draw any kind of conclusion about infidelity between female vs. male politicians. 2. People probably aren't as scrutinizing of female governors' personal lives as they are of male governors'. 3. Infidelity rates in the general population are very comparable, it probably isn't any different at the executive level. 4. ....this argument is *pointless*.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:17 p.m.

@ jake. Catherine the Great?

Jake C

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 3:04 p.m.

Would you care to tell us what high-ranking government females have been accused of infidelity, compared to the number of men who have been guilty of the same thing?

Top Cat

Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:50 p.m.

One of the few times I will agree with Ms. Granholm. The amount of scandal we have seen in our politicians and public figures is unacceptable. Don't these people have some obligation to set an example of good behavior for our young people ? Obviously she said this somewhat tongue in cheek. I like her as an ex-Governor.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 11:10 p.m.

I think the difference is that we &quot;see&quot; the scandal nowadays. I'm sure this stuff went on in the past and we never knew...


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 8:04 p.m.

@Patriot -- you think Schwarzenegger is a liberal??


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 7:21 p.m.

Unfortunately this type of behavioral seems to be &quot;normal&quot; under the moral less liberal policy running ramped around this country where its &quot;all about me&quot; and &quot;do whatever you want&quot;. When you see the moral standards of society and personal responsibility drop like this - this is the result you get.


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:54 p.m.

Infidelity among individuals is not justification for the need of &quot;more women governors.&quot;


Tue, May 17, 2011 : 2:45 p.m.

...real classy, Granholm.