There's another SNL alum throwing a hat in the ring, running for public office. But not in the tradition of Al Franken, who's a serious guy (Stuart Smalley notwithstanding) and knowledgeable about policy. I learned that listening to him on Air America before he ran for office.
The latest SNL alum? Not so much.
Like iron filings to a magnet, Tennessee attracts bizarro types to the public arena. The latest? Victoria Jackson. She was slightly cute as a faint shadow of Gracie Allen kind of zany. And in recent years, she's been a tea party enthusiast. (There's a guy in Iowa, too, a more serious candidate. But that's beyond the scope of this diary.)
Now, "tired of complaining", she's announced she's running for County Commissioner in Williamson County. That county's already represented by Marsha Blackburn in Congress. It's home to an abundant array of cheaply-built MacMansions, home to lots of Hummers. She's running as an independent, not a Republican.
“I just can’t do it anymore; they just don’t have the values of our founding fathers anymore,” Jackson told The Tennessean. “I am sure there are a few Republicans who do. I want less federal government involvement, lower taxes, smaller government, more public involvement, a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility.”Her key issues for suburban Tennessee are opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, Agenda 21 and Common Core education standards. (I missed that the Muslim Brotherhood was active in suburban Nashville, but maybe she's onto something that I missed.)