Should Celebrities Run For Office?

Now that Kendra Wilkinson is a resident of Indiana, the next logical step would be for her to … run for office. Wait, that wasn’t the first thing that came to your mind? Yeah, me neither. But very unfortunately for the nation, a bunch of people want her to replace Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, who recently announced he will not run again. I’m not sure if there is anything that actually qualifies the former Playmate for this position but, hey, who cares, right? After all, she did say, “Oh yeah. I would change a lot in this world, let me tell you that.” How promising. [PopEater]

After the jump, some other celebs who’ve been called on to take part in politics.

  • Look out Kendra, you’ve got competition and, unlike you, he actually knows a thing or two about politics and has lived in Indiana for quite a while. John Mellencamp has been singing about the disenfranchised for decades, is an avid fundraiser and even shows up on the campaign trail from time to time. I dunno if this means he’s ready for the big time, but a grassroots movement called “Draft John Mellencamp” is trying to get the rocker to run for Indiana senate. [Alternet]
  • In 2006, rumors started flying that politically-minded Ben Affleck was going to run for Congress. He could run in Georgia or Massachusetts but, thus far, he hasn’t shown up on either ticket. [People]
  • Brad Pitt’s “Make it Right” foundation helped Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans so much that a few peeps in the Big Easy tried to get him to run for mayor. In an interview on NBC Pitt said, “I’m running on the gay marriage, no religion, legalization and taxation of marijuana platform. I don’t have a chance.” [People]
  • After meeting Nancy Pelosi in Washington D.C. Jessica Alba caught the political bug and said, “I used to think being a marine biologist would be the best thing ever, but now that I’ve grown up and seen things in the world, I think politics. Advocating and lobbying for certain issues would be a pretty interesting way to live your life.” We know she’d have no problem getting the male vote. [Indian Express]
  • In 2008, Alec Baldwin said politics is, “something I might do one day … There’s no age limit on running for office.” Wuh woh. [US Magazine]

What do you think about celebrities running for office? It worked pretty well for Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.