Six Formerly Ridiculous Celebrities Who Went On to Public Office

We know the inner struggle you're having. Whenever you picture yourself voting Luther Campbell for Miami-Dade Mayor, there's a little persistent soundtrack playing in your head that causes hesitation: Oh, me so horny...

So we put together this list to convince you that some totally ridiculous celebrities have gone on to be (arguably) quite competent public officials. Besides: What's wrong with a horny mayor?

By the way: We are overjoyed that Donald Trump will never be on this list.

Ronald Reagan

Public office: President of the United States, beardless Messiah to conservatives

Former ridiculousness: Actor who once co-starred with a monkey

Al Franken
Public office: U.S. Senator

Former ridiculousness: This is how a generation will forever remember Al Franken:

Sonny Bono

Public office:Mayor of Palm Springs, California; Member of the U.S. House a Representatives

Former ridiculousness: Marrying Cher. (Really, who does that?) Saying things like "Let's hit it, gang" and generally being a singing Muppet.

Clint Eastwood

Public Office: Mayor, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

Former ridiculousness: Of course, in this case we mean ridiculously awesome.

Jesse "The Body" Ventura

Public office: Governor, Minnesota

Former ridiculousness: Being a bootleg Hulk Hogan

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Public office: Governor, California

Former ridiculousness: Okay, so maybe he's a bit of a distracting example given recent revelations. By the way, though, watching this clip below-- how'd we'd not see this, uh, coming?

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