Both Levi Johnston -- Bristol Palin's baby daddy -- and Wyclef Jean -- Grammy Award-winning musician -- may soon demand a lot more respect.
Jean is running for the President of Haiti (and has a good shot!) and Johnston is considering following in Sarah Palin's footsteps and running for the Mayor of Wasilla.
What is he, like 10? Seriously?
Jean and Johnston are far from the first celebrities to use their names (often earned in a field far from politics) as a platform for a run for political office. It makes sense, of course. Celebrities often weigh in on things they're not qualified to speak about, are filled with narcissism, and need everyone to like them.
Here are a few celebrities who made similar runs in the past:
- The celebrity: Sonny Bono
Claim to fame: Half of "Sonny and Cher." Musician and variety show host. Ex-husband to Cher. Republican.
Politics: Became disgruntled with red tape after trying to open a restaurant. Decided to run for Mayor of Palm Springs. Won. Later went on to Congress where he served for 4 years until his death in a skiing accident in 1998.
- The celebrity: Jesse Ventura
Claim to fame: Known as Jesse "The Body" Ventura in wrestling circles, he has since retired.
Politics: Ran for governor of Minnesota as an Independent, promising a tax refund (policy was less important). Won and served one term.
- The celebrity: Al Franken
Claim to fame: Saturday Night Live where he was both a performer and writer.
Politics: BA in Political Science from Harvard. Ran as a Democrat for Senator in 2008, narrowly beating the incumbent, Norm Coleman (it had to go to the Supreme Court). Now the junior senator from Minnesota.
- The celebrity: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Claim to fame: Former Mr. Universe, actor, action hero, Terminator.
Politics: Known as "Conan the Republican," he served as Chair of Pres. H.W. Bush's physical fitness council. Ran for governor of California in 2003 and won.
- The celebrity: Clint Eastwood
Claim to fame: Actor, Dirty Harry, star of many Westerns, all around sexy dude.
Politics: As a Republican, Eastwood was active in many political campaigns over the years. Ran for Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in 1986 and won. Served one term.
- The celebrity: Ronald Reagan
Claim to fame: B-movie actor.
Politics: Republican governor of California, went on to serve as President for two terms in the 1980s.
- The celebrity: John Hall
Claim to fame: Musician and leader of band Orleans who sang "Still the One."
Politics: Ran for congress as a Democrat in 2006 and won.
- The celebrity: Gore Vidal
Claim to fame: Author and essayist.
Politics: Part of a famous family of Democrats related to Jackie O, Vidal ran for Congress in the 1960s but was unsuccessful.
- The celebrity: Sean Duffy
Claim to fame: Was on Boston season of MTV's Real World in the 1990s.
Politics: Republican lawyer, currently serving as district attorney for Ashland County, Wisconsin, and running for Congress.
- The celebrity: John Glenn
Claim to fame: Astronaut
Politics: Served as Democrat senator from Ohio for 25 years.
What do you think of celebrities running for office?
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