Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday August 8, 2003
Strange, Strange California Politics
Celebrities are already in the public eye, but some are saying they want to become public servants, too.
Gary Coleman, the star of the 1980s sitcom, “Diff’rent Strokes,” plunked down $3,500 in Alameda County on Wednesday and declared himself a candidate for governor of California. Current governor Gray Davis is facing a recall election Oct. 7.
The diminutive actor has been in and out of legal trouble since the popular show ended, and was recently on the E! series “Star Dates,” where stars and singles mingle with mixed results.
Arnold Schwarzenegger also announced his candidacy Wednesday while taping “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He ended a news conference by telling reporters “I’ll be back.”
“The politicians are fiddling, fumbling and failing,” the “Terminator” actor said. “The man that is failing the people more than anyone is Gray Davis. He is failing them terribly, and this is why he needs to be recalled and this is why I am going to run for governor.” (Source: CBC)