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November 12, 2008

Kilmer For Governor?

We've heard stories of Tom Arnold getting set to run for office in Iowa. We've heard Charles Barkley declare his interest in the governor's mansion in his home state of Alabama. But for some reason the idea of Val Kilmer having any kind of responsibility just sends shivers up our spine.

Kilmer, star of such films as The Saint and one of the less successful Batman flicks, has told several reporters that he is considering a governor's bid in New Mexico when incumbent Bill Richardson gives up his seat in 2010.

"People in the state are being supportive. Our current governor, Bill Richardson, who's hoping to be picked as secretary of state and whom I've seen down in the dirt helping people you know could never help him in return and whom I love, had a dinner for me and said not to dismiss the idea. Said I could be a great governor," Kilmer told the New York Post's Cindy Adams via cellphone from Bulgaria.

Kilmer clearly isn't schooled in the ways of politics, as his first interview on the subject will prove a gold mine for any opposition researchers. "I know I'm not yet qualified for the job. It's not like I need fame. If that's what it's all about, I wouldn't live in New Mexico," Kilmer said. "But I don't want to be a train wreck. I have to see if people will put up the money for my run. I have to think about putting my acting on hold. Being famous as a movie actor is one thing, but they take no prisoners in politics." Kilmer also said he would sit down with Arnold Schwarzenegger to seek his advice.

A Richardson spokesman said the governor is "very supportive" of Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish's interest in making a bid for the top job, an ambition of which Denish has made no secret. The spokesman told New Mexico reporters the conversation with Kilmer took place four years ago.

Still, it's not hard to see Richardson encouraging an actor to get into the race. The New Mexico governor loves bragging about how many new film projects he's attracted to New Mexico as a way of dumping millions into the local economy.

But really, Batman? Somewhere, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton are exploring Senate bids.