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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:41 PM
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Actor Val Kilmer mulls bid for N.M. gov
Actor Val Kilmer is strongly considering a run for New Mexico governor in 2011 when Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson will be term-limited out of office.

He told The Hill at Mondays Huffington Post party at the Newseum that he has been approached to run for the highest office of the state where he owns a ranch and has family roots.

Actually, theyve asked me to run for governor, he said, not specifying who they are. People seem to want me to.

Speculation has swirled for months that Kilmer will run to succeed Richardson, and Kilmer said nothing that would have tamped down those expectations.

I love my state and I love the people, Kilmer said.

When asked by a reporter if he was giving a strong maybe for a run for governor, Kilmer agreed.

Thats what it is, he said.

The actor who succeeded Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader could have a problem, however. Hes been a prominent support of Ralph Naders independent bid for the White House, and gave money to Nader, and not President Obama, in 2008.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/actor-val-kilmer-mu...

Before you ask, no, this is not The Onion.
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:45 PM
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1. Well.
Maybe he can run the state better than he can act. He's entitled to consider. Let the state decide if they want him.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:49 PM
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2. Would he run as a Dem or Green or Indy?
if he's a big Nader supporter?
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:40 AM
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41. Michael Moore supported Nader at one time.
And so did Susan Sarandon, IIRC.

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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:50 PM
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3. I'm your huckleberry
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:52 PM
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5. that performance was the best Doc Holliday I have ever seen
he was brilliant.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:54 PM
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8. I have seen all those kind of movies and by far his was the very best
Doc Holliday!
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:56 PM
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11. Yeah, that was a career performance.
The scene with the cup was hilarious.
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nickyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:03 PM
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17. 100% agreed!
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:50 PM
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34. ITA. I love that movie because of his performance. It made the film. nt
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MarianJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:51 PM
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35. He should have been AT LEAST nominated...
...for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for that role. I think he should have won.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:50 PM
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4. how does pretending to be someone else qualify you for office?
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:58 PM
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14. I think that's the basic description of a politician.
They all pretend to be someone voters would like. Even those who are good people in the first place still pretend to be someone else.

There are other qualifications, and I know nothing about whether he has them or not.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:52 PM
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6. I love Val Kilmer, and, I think he is an excellent actor.
I also think he is a very good person, from all the interviews, biographies and other things I have heard and seen of him. I think he would be a good Governor. Maybe people that don't like his acting haven't seen all his movies. Watch a more recent one like Kiss kiss, bang bang, with Robert Downey,Jr.. That is one that didn't get a lot of coverage.
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:57 PM
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12. I think he can be a very good actor.
He also has a reputation in Hollywood of being something of a pain-in-the-ass prima donna. That perception hasn't served him well in his acting career but could help him as a leader.

Having said this, Kilmer has no leadership experience that I'm aware of - he is directing his first film as we speak (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1192878 /).
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:07 PM
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21. Ex-Finnfan! I saw a biography where he talked about the
Pain-in-the-ass prima donna (hard to get along with was the phrase he used) perception. And it all sounded like a a lot of BS, but that is just my take on the matter. But, I don't know how being an actor has a draw back on serving your state or other people in any capacity. :shrug:
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:47 PM
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33. Me too!!!
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:51 PM
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36. He has a great sense of humor, so I bet he's pretty intelligent. nt
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Medusa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:54 PM
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7. Playing Jim morrison somehow made him a candidate for GOV?
I don't get it. :shrugs:
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:54 PM
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9. The Salton sea was an excellent movie.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:01 PM
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16. That was great film noir
Haven't had enough of that lately....
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:55 PM
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10. For the record, I am the one and only rec. so far.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:57 PM
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13. Just what we need more actors
becoming Governor :eyes: living in the state Raygun started his political career as a governor and currently under the rule of Arnie I'm just not big on this kind of career move. :argh:
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:01 PM
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15. Is he MAD?!
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:04 PM
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18. or a Real Genius?
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:06 PM
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20. Well, he's no Saint, is he?
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:13 PM
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24. but The Doors always open for him...
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:19 PM
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28. And the waters part
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:03 AM
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42. No, he's the goddamn batman


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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:20 PM
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38. That was my older son's absolute favorite movie as a child
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 10:21 PM by texastoast
He must have watched it a hundred times. I knew the script by heart.

And I loves me some Madmartigan.



Edited to post pic since everyone else is doing it.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:05 PM
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19. But can he drive an eight-inch nail through a board with his penis?
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:14 PM
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25. I LOVE that movie. nt
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:24 PM
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29. Thanks for recognizing it
I was afraid that my demands of gubernatorial qualification might have seemed a bit esoteric.
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:27 PM
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30. Recognize it? I was one of the 5 people who saw it in the movie theater.
Chris Knight: Don't eat that!
Chris' Girl at Party: Why?
Chris Knight: Don't you know that eating that stuff can give you very large breasts?

Chris Knight: Oh, my God! I'm too late!
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:28 PM
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31. I thought you looked familiar
Ice is nice! Yeah!
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Shardik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:08 PM
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22. Interesting. I got to meet him once and he's a very nice guy.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:13 PM
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23. He supported Nader? For some reason I thought he was a right-winger.
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 09:14 PM by glitch
I now feel so much better about liking "The Saint". If he wants to run and NM wants to elect him, good!
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demgurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:16 PM
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26. He may not have given to Obama but he was at the inauguration!!!
I have pix of him at my link here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Scroll down my pix and he is near the end.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:15 PM
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37. Love those pics and I, also, bookmarked your
website. :toast: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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demgurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 04:52 PM
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46. Thanks!
It was hubby who set it up. YOu can keep it bookmarked but I am not sure what else I will have there. But you are welcome to check back.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:19 PM
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27. Cool. I love New Mexico, maybe I'll move there so I can vote for Val.
:)
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:09 PM
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40. that would be cool
don't forget Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson moved here too

I saw him at a Party function here, I was sooooo excited

:bounce:
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:40 PM
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32. go Val go!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:45 PM
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39. Good! We need more eccentrics in public office.
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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:27 AM
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43. he was at the Inauguration
and Chris Matthews gave him a ride back to his hotel.

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Agent William Donating Member (628 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:46 AM
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44. Yes, Val Kilmer for the win!!
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:49 AM
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45. Oh, what the hell?
:silly:
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Cybergata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:15 PM
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47. As a Native New Mexican . . .
I say NO WAY IN HELL! Val represents the rich who moved into Santa Fe and kicked all the locals out because we could no longer afford to live there. If he loves the state and people so much, let him work for decent wages and affordable housing for all the displaced Native New Mexicans who are being pushed out. I'm sure the fact that my ancestors settled the place before 1609 (some even living in the vicinity long, long before that) and that I was born there doesn't matters in the least because folks like Val deserve my hometown since they are rich and I'm just a low paid teacher . . . BUT . . . Val does not represent New Mexico. His rich Hollywood click that ruined my old neighborhood may think he is great, but it is time for someone like Diane Denish who has been working hard in politics in New Mexico to be governor. She deserves it and he doesn't. Period. He is an actor. Diane more than paid her dues. She worked her tail off for Obama and New Mexico. It is her time to be our first woman governor. What has Val done for New Mexico? Nothing! And I voted for Nadar and have admired him for the past thirty years. But between a woman like Diane Denish and Val Kilmer there is no choice. Val looked great in leather pants in the Doors, but that doesn't make him worthy of being our governor. And it sure as hell doesn't give him the right to take away what Diane deserves.

I'm probably too tired and brain dead after a day of twelve year olds to write this, but boy does this just rub me the wrong way.
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