Minnesota might have started something.
When Jesse Ventura rocked the world with his 1998 gubernatorial election victory it created a bizarre interaction between the worlds of celebrity and politics. Ventura's Hollywood buddy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, followed suit last week and was elected governor of the nation's most populous state. It was his first bid for elective office.
Voters are telling the pundits that career politicians have no edge over wrestlers and movie stars in a statewide political races. The public's more interested in Hollywood confidentials than candidate's credentials.
What other states might abandon traditional, dull-as-dishwater politicians for office-seekers who bring a little more pizzazz to the political table?
NEVADA -- Celine Dion has settled in Las Vegas with her extravagant night club act. Campaign slogan: "I speak English as well as Schwarzenegger."
ARIZONA -- If Ted Danson wants to seek office where everybody knows his name, the Flagstaff, Ariz., native might return to his home state. Campaign slogan: "Cheers and beers instead of budget fears."
FLORIDA -- "Smokey and the Bandit" star Burt Reynolds could challenge Gov. Jeb Bush in the next gubernatorial election. Reynolds' career received a boost about 30 years ago when he posed nude in Cosmopolitan. Campaign slogan: "A candidate with nothing to hide."
ALASKA -- Pop singer Jewel first began strumming her guitar while growing up in our northern-most state. Campaign slogan: "No Arctic drilling if I get top billing."
INDIANA -- Hoosier David Letterman could turn his Top 10 list into a political agenda. Campaign slogan: "Stupid Pet Tricks at the Legislature."
NEBRASKA -- Debra Winger was chummy with then Gov. Bob Kerrey while she filmed "Terms of Endearment" in the Cornhusker Nation. Campaign slogan: "I already know my way around the governor's mansion."
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Lopez could exchange the world of music for politics. Campaign slogan: "Keep taxes low. Vote for J. Lo."
NORTH DAKOTA -- North Dakota has no celebrities.
OKLAHOMA -- Country Singer Garth Brooks is used to singing about the seamy side of life that's often associated with politics. Campaign slogan: "I've got friends in low places."
WEST VIRGINIA -- Vikings receiver Randy Moss might be as adept at political hand-shaking in his home state as he is at pass-catching. Campaign slogan: "A chicken in every pot and a traffic officer on the hood of every Lexus."
CALIFORNIA -- Now living in California, ex-Vikings coach Dennis Green has much in common with Gov.-elect Schwarzenegger. Campaign slogan: "I've been accused of sexual harassment too."
MINNESOTA -- Actress Frances McDormand, who played Brainerd Police Chief Marge Gunderson in the movie, "Fargo," could emphasize her law enforcement background while she makes fun of Minnesota accents. Campaign slogan: "I'd be very surprised if our suspect was from Brainerd."
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