2014 was supposed to give us at least one celebrity candidacy in the form of Ashley Judd, challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. But that didn’t pan out.
Don’t get your hopes up, but some diehard Democrats in Montana are trying to add a splash of Hollywood to their state’s Senate race, mounting an online petition drive to get actor Jeff Bridges (aka, “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski) onto the ballot.
Here’s the link to Facebook’s “Jeff Bridges for Montana U.S. Senator” page.
Bridges, it turns out, is a resident of Livingston, Montana. No carpetbagger he.
He’s been active on the local front, championing the cause of school breakfasts. He’s also hopscotched Montana in support of food pantries and the state’s “Breakfast After the Bell” initiative led by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
Montana Democrats have until the end of the week to scare up a replacement for interim Sen. John Walsh, who terminated his candidacy on Friday amidst accusations that he plagiarized a paper while attending the Army War College. Not a lot of time for an actor to weigh his options.
A White Russian (see the video below) says Bridges doesn’t jump into the race, even if there’s a very historical lure (no Republican has held this particular seat in 100 years). Still, a quick glimpse over at Bridge’s imdb.com page shows that he’s carrying a light workload these days (just postproduction voiceover work),
Who else of the big-name variety could fill the Montana Senate void, assuming Bridges isn’t interested? We’re just having fun here . . .
1) Ted Turner, who owns a ranch near Bozeman;
2) Phil Jackson, the NBA coaching legend and owner of a summer retreat on Flathead Lake;
3) Ted “the Unabomber” Kaczynski, who lived in a log cabin in Lincoln before the feds captured him.
On second thought, usually a politician goes to Washington and then terrorizes the villagers . . .
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