Actors in politics not a novel concept
At first blush, the discussions of a Steven Seagal candidacy for Arizona governor might seem odd. But celebs have a long history of entering the political arena. California has had Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger each serve as two-term governors. Reagan was twice elected President of the United States. In 1964 movie actor George Murphy was elected to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. In 1986 Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, Calif., and in 1988 Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. Bono went on to serve as a two-term U.S. Congressman.
Iowa voters sent Fred Grandy (“Gopher” on the Love Boat series) to Congress where he was a member of the U.S. House from 1987-1995. Ben Jones (“Cooter” on the Dukes of Hazzard) served two terms (1989-1993) as a Georgia U.S. Representative. Law & Order star Fred Thompson was a Tennessee senator from 1993-2003.
Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was elected governor of Minnesota on the Reform Party ticket in 1998. The same state sent comedian Al Frankin to the U.S. Senate in 2009. The liberal jokester ran on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor ticket.
Actor and martial arts expert Seagal notes the number one problem facing the United States today is its unsecured border. Compared to the office holders in Minnesota, Gov. Steven Seagal sounds (video) even more plausible.
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