Steven Seagal is considering running for governor in Arizona. Onion-worthy as such a headline may be, the possible run for executive office by the fading and aging action star is sadly enough, real enough to bear repeating. Steven Seagal is considering running for governor in Arizona. Seems legit, right?
Seagal, who is 61, is pondering a run to replace outgoing governor Jan Brewer who is prohibited from running for reelection due to term limits. Since 2009, the former action hero has been gracing American television sets in his reality TV show “Steven Seagal: Lawman,” which follows his adventures as an official Sheriff’s Deputy in the highly corrupt Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Dept. The star of such films as “Mercenary For Justice” and “Today You Die” also recently captured America’s heart while serving as a member of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s vigilante posse, standing shoulder to shoulder domestic abusers and sex offenders to patrol the grounds of Arizona schools, armed to the teeth.
Over the course of his Arizona vigilante career with Arpaio, the Glimmer Man star has become quite close to the draconian sheriff, counting him among his closest consults as he eyes his run for the Governor’s Mansion. Citing concerns about border security, Seagal states he’s willing to go “into the belly of the beast” to address the issue and is expected to cite his experience as a deputized lawman in Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico as part of his credentials.
Perhaps it’s a genuine sense of civic duty that has inspired Seagal to seek political office, or perhaps simply it’s that his omission from the latest “Expendables” film has left him with too much free time. But regardless of the motivation, throughout the often wacky political landscape of the United States, few will argue that if The Onion’s “Cock Puncher” wishes to indulge in the prospect of running for elected office, there are few places as welcoming for his militant sort of nationalism as Arizona.