The speculation for the 2014 elections has already begun, and some of the Senate names being discussed you would expect to see on the silver screen rather than a ballot. Can you imagine a Sen. Ashley Judd? How about Sen. Stephen Colbert?
There's a long, and somewhat checkered history of celebrity politicians proving that Hollywood success can pave the road to Washington--Ronald Reagan being the ultimate example. Of course there are other examples as well, like the Govenator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura who wrestled his way to governor of Minnesota.
When celebrities become candidates, their notoriety brings attention to their race. As useful as name recognition may be when running for office, what's more important--and sometimes more difficult to determine--is whether they are qualified to hold public office and, of course, if they're serious.
Ashley Judd seems serious about considering a run for senate in her home state of Kentucky. TheRead More »from Sens. Stephen Colbert and Ashley Judd? The rocky road from stardom to politico