MayReality TV sensation Kim Kardashian has confirmed she is planning to enter U.S. politics by running for mayor of Glendale, California as early as 2017.
In a new video from E!’s "Khloe and Lamar," Kardashian said she is "for real" about plans to run for office.
"I decided I'm going to run for the mayor of Glendale," Kardashian said, later clarifying that "it’s going to be in, like, five years."
Kardashian plans to enlist her friend Noelle Keshishian to help her with the campaign.
Kardashian says she's currently looking into all the requirements to obtain residency in Glendale and run for mayor. She is currently a resident of Los Angeles, but said she would choose to run for office in Glendale because it's a hub of "Armenian town."
But, is Kardashian actually "for real" about throwing her hat into the U.S. political circus? Or is this just another attention-grabbing PR move for the queen of making headlines for inane things?
Unfortunately for Kardashian, her bid for mayor may end before it even begins. The Los Angeles Times spoke with
Glendale city spokesman Tom Lorenz, who said, "No. 1, you don't run for mayor in the city of Glendale," Lorenz said. "It is not an elected position in the city. The elected positions are five City Council people, a city clerk and treasurer." The city does have a sitting mayor, but the position is voted on by the council. Kardashian better learn these technicalities if she's serious about her bid for mayor.
My hunch is that Kardashian's dreams to enter politics will quickly fade, after the burst of press she'll receive over the next few days. After all, she's quickly become one of the most popular celebrities in America as a reality TV star and Twitter addict, so it's difficult to see why she would change that.
Then again, Kardashian wouldn't be the first person with limited knowledge to make a splash in U.S. politics (Sarah Palin, anyone?), and she also wouldn't be the first celebrity to make it big in California government. Don't forget that California voters put Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan into office.
Still, this strikes me as a clever stunt and nothing more. That said, given the dismal state of U.S. politics, it wouldn't hurt to have some more likeable figures in Washington. But, the road to DC doesn't start in Glendale.