Tuesday, December 11, 2007


In last Friday’s post we noted that several of the leading candidates for the presidency have garnered the support of show business stars. Since Friday we have learned that we barely brushed the surface of Hollywood endorsements.

Actor Robert Duvall has come out for Rudy Guiliani. John Edwards has Danny Glover, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, and Ben Stiller in his camp. Barack Obama not only has Oprah campaigning for him. Jamie Foxx, Paul Newman, Will Smith, and Joanne Woodward are also supporting the Illinois senator. Bill Richardson has a big celebrity following: Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Bette Midler, and Paul Newman. (Evidently Newman isn’t going to put all his eggs in one basket.)

Even Dennis Kucinich has a couple of famous names in his corner: Bonnie Raitt and Larry Flynt. Larry Flynt? How much help can that sort of endorsement be? It’s like Pat Robertson coming out in favor of Rudy Giuliani and Dick Cheney endorsing Carl Perrin.

Perrin is also picking up a few endorsements. Camden, Maine, philanthropist Oliver Tolliver P. Martin Dragbag III recently came out for Perrin. Portland, Maine, businessman J. Pierpont Peaseblossom announced his support for the former English professor a while back. The problem with endorsememtns by these two outstanding citizens is that are not well known outside of the section of Maine where they live.

The Perrin campaign is still looking for endorsements from show biz personalities, and the first one just came in this morning. Mary Belle Sassafras, a noted singer in the Gorham, Maine, area has volunteered to campaign for Dr. Carl Perrin. Ms Sassafras has never been to Hollywood, but she sings with a lot of pick-up bands in Cumberland County. “Whenever Carl Perrin campaigns in Maine,” she said, “I’m going to be there, singing my heart out for him.”

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