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  • Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor

    https://www.axios.com/caitlyn-jenner...93a01ae0d.html

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    Why do celebrities think that just their name recognition qualifies them to run for high office?!? For some reason, a lot of people think lack of experience is a qualification (outsiders, fresh ideas). Why is this acceptable in public office, but not when selecting a surgeon, or attorney, or building contractor? Making public policy is not something that can easily be learned on the job.

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    • #3
      Does California still have that rule which allows almost anybody to run for governor based on almost nothing? Gary Coleman ran for governor in a year when there were something like 47 candidates.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KevinR View Post
        Why do celebrities think that just their name recognition qualifies them to run for high office?!?
        Because Reagan, Schwarzenegger, Ventura, and Trump.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KevinR View Post
          Why do celebrities think that just their name recognition qualifies them to run for high office?!? For some reason, a lot of people think lack of experience is a qualification (outsiders, fresh ideas). Why is this acceptable in public office, but not when selecting a surgeon, or attorney, or building contractor? Making public policy is not something that can easily be learned on the job.
          same reason no end of military heroes have gone into politics; name recognition is everything in that game

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 18.99s View Post
            Does California still have that rule which allows almost anybody to run for governor based on almost nothing? Gary Coleman ran for governor in a year when there were something like 47 candidates.
            The 2003 California Recall election won by Schwarzenegger had 135 candidates for governor in the event the recall was successful, including Gary Coleman, Larry Flynt, Mary Carey (adult film actress) Gallagher (comedian) and Angelyne (billboard icon).

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_C...ecall_election

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            • #7
              That was an interesting election. The sitting governor, Gray Davis, was a boring middle-of-the-road Dem done in by the Enron scam. Arnold rolled the million other candidates and he ran a left-of-normal-Republican administration. Over here on the left side of the spectrum the recall ticked me off but the end result was better than expected.

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              • #8
                I see Jenner only works with the best...

                Re axios story Caitlin Jenner possibly running for gov, Brad Parscale - who is said to have known Jenner for several years - is advising her on building her team. He is not the campaign manager but providing guidance on who to fill specific roles.

                https://mobile.twitter.com/maggieNYT...34606665920514

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                • #9
                  I agree that name recognition is influential in putting a lot of folks in office, but I just worry about the lack of qualifications for a lot of those seeking positions. Reagan had some background in organizations prior to his Guv run, and the formal military education and leadership training that the military receive to attain the level of General Officer also count for something, to me.

                  But with House seats having been won by actors from Dukes of Hazzard and Love Boat, as well as one who took over her husband's seat with the distinguished career of fitness instructor, who honestly knows.

                  Audible sigh.........

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                  • #10
                    The Love Boat actor Fred Grandy is probably not the best example. According to Wikipedia, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in English studies and also served as a speechwriter for the congressman from his home district in Iowa.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chicago View Post
                      The Love Boat actor Fred Grandy is probably not the best example. According to Wikipedia, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in English studies and also served as a speechwriter for the congressman from his home district in Iowa.
                      Touche. But you gotta give me Mary Bono, still.

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