Look Who’s Running For Office

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Pre-political hair.

It’s that time again. That time when we say, “What the? I didn’t know that guy could comb his hair!”

Yep. People are announcing their intentions to run for public office.

Here are a few notable newbies I’ve noticed so far.

Clay Aiken

The crooner from American Idol Season 2 lost in the finale by the slimmest of margins to some guy I no longer remember. Yes, he came in second, but he’s the one with staying power. So we’ll call that a wash.

Combed.

Combed.

Aiken will be running against incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd District who already took a shot at his “runner up” history.

He’s so serious about this run that he sanitized his Twitter account, but websites are already publishing some of the tweets where he apparently had second thoughts. The internet is forever, Clay.

Quote:

I’m running for Congress for the same reason I chose to become a special education teacher years ago — to help people in need and to give them a voice.
–Clay Aiken

victoria-jacksonVictoria Jackson

You might remember her as an adorable cast member from Saturday Night Live. These days Victoria Jackson is a Tea Party conservative who is “very disappointed with the Republican party.” I looked at the list of “memorable characters” she played on SNL but I literally don’t remember any of them.

Jackson has filed to run for an independent position on a board of commissioners in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Quote:

I think I will fit in quite easily with (the current county commission). I went to the dentist recently and there was a Bible in the lobby of the dentist office. … I love this town [Thompson’s Station]. My two favorite things are here β€” Jesus and show business.
–Victoria Jackson

wendy-davisWendy Davis

Technically not a newbie, Wendy Davis is a state-level politician who has announced that she’s running for the Governor of Texas. As a Democrat. In Texas.

She’s most famous for her 11-hour filibuster attempt in 2013 to block abortion legislation.

The incumbent, Rick Perry, has announced he won’t be seeking re-election. That will make this the first open election for governor in Texas since 1990.

Quote:

I was living as a young single mom. I was 19 when I was divorced, and my daughter was a year old, and I waited tables here three to four nights a week for several years while I was trying to support myself and my daughter and the day I got that acceptance at Harvard Law School was an unforgettable day.
–Wendy Davis

sandra_flukeSandra Fluke

Oops. Apparently Sandra Fluke filed the other day for the California congressional seat currently held by Rep. Henry Waxman. Today, however, it is being reported that she has changed her mind. False alarm.

Fluke, described as “an attorney and women’s rights activist” on Wikipedia, was refused the opportunity to testify to before a congressional committee about insurance plans and birth control. Later, talk show host Rush Limbaugh famously referred to her as a “slut.”

Quote:

Because we spoke so loudly, opponents of reproductive health access demonized and smeared me and others on the public airwaves. These smears are obvious attempts to distract from meaningful policy discussions and to silence women’s voices regarding their own health care.
–Sandra Fluke

Anyone else?

Who did I overlook? Are there any other people who have filed for office or potential candidates I may have missed? Which candidates do you find particularly interesting?

4 responses

  1. I prefer combed. Does Victoria Jackson have a comparable “after” photo?

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    1. This is from her official website, dated Feb. 2014, in a blog post entitled, “Yes! I’m Running for Office! Vote Jackson!

      Her exclamation points, not mine.

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  2. Is that Wikipedia thing for real, or was somebody playing on the name, “Fluke”?

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    1. It’s as real as anything on Wikipedia, I guess, which means apply reasoning ability before taking anything for granted. πŸ™‚

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