Levi Johnston, future son-in-law of former half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, is running for mayor of Wasilla. Apparently some TV producers put him up to it as the basis for a reality show:
Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — yes, the same job that propelled Sarah Palin to governor of that state (and later, the vice presidential nomination) — in a new reality project being pitched by Stone and Co.
“Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office” will center on Johnston’s newfound fame as the baby daddy to Palin’s grandson, Tripp.
Johnston will trade on that notoriety to make his run for Wasilla City Hall — when he’s not pursuing a career in Hollywood, of course.
Stone and Co. are already shooting the show’s pilot and have started pitching the show to networks.
Johnston admitted that he wasn’t thrilled at first about the mayoral campaign concept, which was pitched to him by Stone’s Scott Stone and David Weintraub.
“But the more I think about it and look into it, I think there’s a possibility we can make it happen,” Johnston said of his political prospects. “It’s something that I want to do.”
Johnston already has a campaign manager, Tank Jones, to help him with the task. Wasilla’s mayoral chair isn’t actually up for election until 2012, but in the meantime, Jones said Johnston may look to run for city council.
I think it’s an excellent idea and I hope he wins. Wasilla fully deserves leadership of his caliber. Who can forget that magical first moment we all laid eyes on him, when John McCain awkwardly thrust him and his pregnant teenaged girlfriend into the spotlight in front of thousands of old white Republicans who suddenly couldn’t get enough of teen pregnancy?