Debate:Why are most actors turned politicians Republicans?

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Ronald Reagan, Jesse Ventura, Fred Thompson, Arnold Schwarz., Sonny Bono, that guy from the Love Boat, that guy from Dukes of Hazzard...I can't think of a single Democrat who ran a successful campaign. Heck, aside from Fraken, I think think of one who ran. Any thoughts? CraigC 00:30, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

That is really interesting considering how liberal Hollywood is considered to be. FernoKlumpLook at this petition! 00:34, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

Interesting. Don't forget Clint Eastwood. DanH 00:36, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

Actually, Jesse Ventura was an independent, not a Republican. --Jareddr 10:15, 15 June 2008 (EDT)
And "that guy from Dukes of Hazzard", aka Ben Jones, ran and won a Congressional seat in 1988 and a Democrat. So you can now say that not only do you know of an actor who ran as a Democrat, but won too! --Jareddr 10:19, 15 June 2008 (EDT)
Technically an "actor" for his role for in a few TV episodes, Jerry Springer was Democratic mayor of Cincy before becoming an actor, the reverse of your question. --Jareddr 10:22, 15 June 2008 (EDT)
Nice points everyone! I forgot about Springer and was wrong about Jones. CraigC 10:36, 15 June 2008 (EDT)
Ronald Reagan was a Democrat before becoming a Republican. Remember his line of him not leaving the Democrat party but of the Democrat party leaving him?--Roopilots6 19:58, 11 September 2008 (EDT)
Add George Murphy, move star and GOP US Senator from California when Reagan was Governor. Going back to 1920s: Democrat Al Smith was an amateur actor. Superstar Will Rogers said "I'm not a member of an organized political party. I'm a Democrat." RJJensen 20:29, 11 September 2008 (EDT)

Those actors are the ones who care about their country and not about themselves. -Jowns

Helen Gahagan Douglas was an actress and wife of actor Melvyn Douglas. She was a Democratic Congresswoman from California who ran as a Democrat against Richard Nixon for the U.S. Senate in 1950.

Charlotte Thompson Reid was a singer on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club. Her husband won the Republican nomination for Congress, but died before the election and Reid stepped in as the nominee. She served four terms in the House and then was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission. Wschact 09:42, 22 July 2012 (EDT)