Dean Cain may have made a career of saving the world in nineties television staple, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, but now it looks like he wants to save the world - or more accurately California's 33rd District - in less physically exerting way.
According to Roll Call's At The Races, the actor has been seriously considering running for Congress after the longtime Democratic incumbent, Henry A. Waxman, announced his retirement earlier this year. The Superman star would be representing his local area, as he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School. When asked at the White House Correspondents' Dinner if he would be interested, he replied:
At some point in time, at a later date, it would be interesting, perhaps. Yes.
It's surprising that more celebrities haven't come forward in the power vacuum left by Waxman. His jurisdiction covers much of Tinseltown, including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu and Santa Monica. So what is Cain's political leanings? Well, the Princeton graduate explained:
I’m not really affiliated with a party, currently. If you say ‘independent’ in California, you become part of the Independent Party which was weird. I didn’t expect that. I wanted to be decline-to-state, so that’s what I am now. So for a couple of election cycles, I was in this American Independent Party, and I was a little ticked off, because I didn’t know what the heck that was.
However, due to California's top-two primary system, the only parties likely to be running for a seat in Congress are the Democratis and Republican parties. When asked if he'd identify with being a 'conservative', Cain stated:
Fair read when it comes to things to do with the economy and individual liberties, for sure. But on social issues, I’m very, very far to the left.
However, when it comes to actually voting in elections, it seems Cain has a clear choice. When asked who won his vote in 2012, he replied emphatically:
It wasn’t Barack Obama. It was certainly Mitt Romney.
So, why is Cain getting into politics now? Well, it seems like he's disgruntled with the current climate and political situation. He continued:
[It's] just the way politics has gone and what I’ve noticed in my life and the way it’s affected me and those who I know, it’s become more interesting to me, because I don’t necessarily agree with everything that’s been happening.
When discussing the outgoing Congressman, Cain continued:
Waxman was there for a long time — far too long in my opinion. I don’t like career politicians. And I don’t think it should be a full-time job, and it’s something that I would do on a part-time basis after many, many years of having a career. I’m just glad Waxman’s out, to be honest.
From the sounds of things, I think Cain and myself would differ on quite a few things, so I'm rather glad this seems more like a pipe-dream than anything else at the minute.
Furthermore, I'm still not sure how I feel about celebrities entering into politics since they haven't exactly lived a normal, average life from which to draw context and experience from. But then again, have most of the political elite?
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