People who are tired of the Kim Kardashian craze may want to steer clear of Glendale, California, in about five years. Apparently the reality TV personality has her eyes on a political career, and she wants to launch it in Glendale, running for the mayoral seat in that town. In a clip posted on Radar Online from the next episode of "Khloe & Lamar," Kim tells her sister, "I decided I'm going to run for the mayor of Glendale. It's going to be in like five years. So I have to buy a house there, you have to have residency there."
The whole conversation started when the women drove past the Ross Perot museum in Dallas, where Khloe lives with her husband, basketball player Lamar Odom. Perot was an independent candidate in both the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections, garnering about 18% of the popular vote in the first election. Perhaps someone should warn Kim not to pattern her political career after Perot though, since he never won a single electoral vote, though he was the most successful third-party candidate in history.
If it's really politics that Kim has her eye on, she definitely wouldn't be the only celebrity who became a politician. Here are a few more she could look to for possible inspiration.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - In 2003, the governor of California was a man named Gray Davis. After he took office and raised the registration fee for vehicles in the state, there was a massive uproar and eventually he was recalled. When the dust cleared it was the action movie star Schwarzenegger who had been swept into office on the Republican ticket. He was then elected in 2006 to a second term. Reviews on his performance as "The Governator" are mixed, but he's certainly to date the biggest star to hold an elected office.
Al Franken - In the 1970s, comedian Franken was one half a very popular comedy duo, and he worked as a writer on "Saturday Night Live" during those first few formative years. He'd later return to that show as a cast member and writer in the 1990s. In 2008, Franken ran for and won a seat in the United States Senate from the State of Minnesota. He ran as a Democrat and won a hotly contested race.
Jesse Ventura - Kim could look to Jesse for inspiration since the former wrestler started his political career as a mayor in his home state of Minnesota. It's obvious that the state doesn't mind celebrity politicians, because Ventura eventually ran for an won the election for the governorship of Minnesota in 1998. He served just one term.
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