No Joke: Levi Johnston to Run for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska
by Charles Lemos, Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 12:15:27 AM EDT
Yes, the philandering deadbeat father of one, maybe more, former hockey player, high school dropout, serial liar and self-aggrandizing egotistical jerk that no one cares about is to run for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska as part of a new television reality project being pitched by Stone and Company Entertainment, a Los Angeles based production company.
All the cockamamie details from Variety:
Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska -- yes, the same job that propelled Sarah Palin to governor of that state (and later, the vice presidential nomination) -- in a new reality project being pitched by Stone and Co.
"Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office" will center on Johnston's newfound fame as the baby daddy to Palin's grandson, Tripp.
Johnston will trade on that notoriety to make his run for Wasilla City Hall -- when he's not pursuing a career in Hollywood, of course.
Stone and Co. are already shooting the show's pilot and have started pitching the show to networks.
Johnston admitted that he wasn't thrilled at first about the mayoral campaign concept, which was pitched to him by Stone's Scott Stone and David Weintraub.
"But the more I think about it and look into it, I think there's a possibility we can make it happen," Johnston said of his political prospects. "It's something that I want to do."
Johnston already has a campaign manager, Tank Jones, to help him with the task. Wasilla's mayoral chair isn't actually up for election until 2012, but in the meantime, Jones said Johnston may look to run for city council.
Johnston's candidacy isn't as far-fetched as it sounds: Wasilla's current mayor, lawyer Verne E. Rupright, won the seat in 2008 with 466 votes -- less than 100 from his nearest competitor, who received 373.
If he wins, he promises to fulfill his duty as the town's mayor.
And should his candidacy prove successful in Wasilla, Jones said he's got Johnston's sights set next on the Alaska governor's race -- and it's not entirely clear whether he's kidding or not. (And if it again sounds too far-fetched, remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura were elected governor in much more populous states.)
Johnston, who describes himself as "half red-neck, half Hollywood," said he hoped the show would correct what he believes are misconceptions about him in the media.
"It's hard to figure me out," he said. "You've got to follow me around. I'm very different. I lead a crazy life. But it will basically be both worlds, my life in Hollywood and back home, the real country boy that I am."
That our politics is often a circus cannot be denied but there is no reason so purposefully to make a mockery of the political process either. According to the company's website, we are told that Scott Stone's company "reflects his values and programming vision." Mr. Stone, who is gay and raising two young sons with his partner, does a disservice to the nation by pushing an irresponsible limelight seeking narcissist who is clearly unqualified for public office in the name of entertainment. I'd love to hear what values are being reflected in the most inane idea for television programming I have ever heard of. David Weintraub, we are told, is a "leader in non scripted television production." They seem to have omitted the word farcical.
Here's an idea, let's send Levi Johnston to Afghanistan where just maybe he'll grow up. And while we are at it, let's send Messrs. Stone and Weintraub there as well. That's the non-scripted reality show that really requires our attention.