'Little House on the Prairie' Star Melissa Gilbert Wants to Ditch Hollywood for Congress

melissa gilbertRonald Reagan. Clint Eastwood. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Melissa Gilbert. What do all of these seemingly unrelated individuals have in common? No, not a love of frontier living -- they're all actors-turned-politicians! Or at least political hopefuls: Melissa Gilbert is running for Congress!


The 51-year-old former Little House on the Prairie star announced on Monday that she'll be running against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop for a spot in Michigan’s 8th District. In a statement on her website, the actor said:

"Here in Michigan, I know people are doing their best to make a good life for themselves and their families. When it comes down to it, I think that’s what we all really want. I'm running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today's economy. I believe building a new economy is a team effort and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done."

Good for you, Laura! Um, I mean Melissa. (Sorry, I watched a LOT of Little House on the Prairie as a kid.)

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I mean, sure, Gilbert doesn't actually have any political experience, but she is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild! Unfortunately, her largely Republican district already seems to have a bit of an attitude regarding the Hollywood star -- particularly Bishop's spokesperson, Stu Sandler, who slammed Gilbert in a statement:

"Can afford to have a stylist for her dog, but cannot pay her taxes. Her values are out of whack with the district," he said.

Okay, so maybe Gilbert allegedly owes allegedly owes more than $360,000 in back taxes to the IRS. But that doesn't mean she can't be a good representative for her district! After all, she learned all sorts of hard life lessons out there on the prairie, and maybe a plucky frontier gal is just what the good people of Michigan need! (Except, haha! That wasn't real. Just a show. A show I watched a LOT of, did I mention that?)

Seriously, though, the transition from actor to politician is one that seems to make sense, historically, so if Gilbert does get elected, I'm sure she'll do a great job. (And if not, Pa will be so mad!)


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