Kelsey Grammer sees his political aspirations as ‘last piece of my life’
WITH BILL ZWECKER August 1, 2011 7:02PM
Kelsey Grammer plays the mayor of Chicago on the Starz series “Boss” and admitted to the New York Post that he has political aspirations.
Updated: November 2, 2011 4:27PM
Sounds like Kelsey Grammer’s recent time spent in Our Town, playing a fictional Chicago mayor for the upcoming Starz series “Boss,” has the veteran actor seriously thinking about running for office — for real.
In a chat with the New York Post, the longtime “Frasier” star said, “I have had a great career and extraordinary opportunities, but I look at my political aspirations as that last piece of my life — where I hope to do something good for people and pay back a little.”
Grammer reportedly was intrigued not just thanks to playing a Chicago pol, but also by this summer’s frustrating Washington logjam — with the lack of cooperation by both Republicans and Democrats so frequently reported.
“Kelsey, like so many Americans, just couldn’t believe our leaders down there couldn’t get together on the budget mess — even at the risk of ruining our credit rating,” said a “Boss” insider.
† Grammer admitted to the Post that successful actors and politicians both showcase a “narcissistic personality” — and understands a run for office would also require “a resilient ego” given the scrutiny candidates are subjected to these days.
No question, Grammer’s recent messy divorce from his ex-wife Camille would come into play in any prospective race. From the sounds of it, if he ran, Grammer would do it in his new home state of New York.
† Of course, actors going into politics is almost an American tradition. Along with Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, other high-profile entertainers who have successfully run for office include the late Sonny Bono and George Murphy, Clint Eastwood, Fred Thompson, Al Franken, Sheila Kuehl and Fred Grandy.
† If Grammer would run, he’d run as a Republican. The actor campaigned enthusiastically for Sen. John McCain in 2008 and helped fund the conservative cable channel Rightnetwork last year.
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