Kim Kardashian bid for Glendale mayor draws shock, support
Since Kim Kardashian mused aloud about wanting to run for mayor of Glendale someday, political commentators and others have weighed in on whether the TV star's aspirations can become a reality.
In the “Pinheads & Patriots” segment of his Fox News show, conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly showed the leaked video clip in which Kardashian declares, "I decided I'm going to run for the mayor of Glendale." She later said she would choose to run for office in Glendale "because it's, like, Armenian town."
“If I were Ms. Kardashian, I would start a brand new political party, the ‘It's Like' party,” O’Reilly said. “That would be awesome.”
Caught outside Staples Center, actor Michael Clarke Duncan and fellow reality star Omarosa Stallworth got into a little spat about Kardashian’s political credentials. In a TMZ video, a reporter catches Duncan off guard with the news.
"No, she's not! Are you playing? Are you serious?" Duncan asks.
Stallworth, who gained notice on "The Apprentice," quickly came to Kardashian’s defense.
“Go Kim, go!”
Experts, meanwhile, remained skeptical.
Gary Woodward, a professor of communication studies at the College of New Jersey, told the Christian Science Monitor that people are seeking public office more as “a way to establish identity than to actually do the difficult work of governance."
“They are forgetting that public service is about governing, and governing is a talent in and of itself,” Woodward said.
With all the swirling speculation, Us Weekly reached a Kardashian representative who issued a statement -- which gave no definite answer on whether the celebrity sister was serious about a bid for office.
"Kim has always looked for opportunities to grow and also do what she can to help and support the Armenian community," her rep told the magazine. "She's learning more about ways in which she can help to do her part to make a difference in the community."
Several observers have pointed out that mayor of Glendale is not actually a position someone can run for. Elected city council members take turns serving as mayor.
-- Matt Stevens