With American Idol star Clay Aiken deciding to run for Congress in North Carolina, The Buzz wondered what some S.C. celebrities might offer for elected office.
We asked four Palmetto political watchers for their unattributed takes on the prospects of some S.C. notables. (Look, we wanted honest answers.)
Actor, Folly Beach resident
He was able to get girls into and out of Russian-occupied territory in Stripes. That alone qualifies him for a slot in the race for comptroller general.
Musician, Charleston native, attended USC
Hello, new mayor of Charleston.
Would be great. Has the support of the country music crowd now, too. Congress.
Comedian, Charleston raised
Great position to win most any election in S.C. Liberals love him and conservatives think hes laughing with them.
Young people (under 40) love him. The problem is that young people in S.C. dont always vote. He has all the money in the world and can debate anyone at any time. Might make a good congressman from Charleston and the rematch of Colbert family vs.(U.S. Rep. Mark) Sanford would be priceless.
Wheel of Fortune letter turner, North Myrtle Beach native
The seniors that live (in the Myrtle Beach area) love her show and love her. If she wanted to run for Congress, Tom Rice would be in serious trouble.
Lots of assets and vowels. Mayor of hometown North Myrtle Beach.
Author, Beaufort resident
No one can tell a story better than Pat Conroy, but he angered some alums of The Citadel with Lords of Discipline, and he is as liberal as Nancy Pelosi on some issues.
His oratory would fit in well in state Senate.
The guy is a genius. He could never get elected in S.C.
TV talk show host, Hartsville native, USC grad
Friendly, popular and works hard. She could be an excellent candidate for governor. She would charm her opposition to death. Also, strong USC ties.
Would add some glamor and style, probably find receptive voters on coast. State senate.
USC Heisman Trophy winner
Lieutenant governor. All you do is cut ribbons and smile. Big Georges got that down.
NBA Hall of Famer, USC grad, Columbia native
U.S. Senate. Seriously. Serious person, has served in serious positions, has serious money.
English has name, money and loyal fans all over the state. He would make an excellent candidate for Congress from the 6th District one day. A great heir to (Jim) Clyburns powerful legacy.
USC football coach
Its a shame it couldnt have been arranged so that Dabo (Swinney, Clemsons coach) and Spurrier could have run against each other for lieutenant governor. Its the last time well ever elect a lieutenant governor in S.C. The debate would have been epic. If Dabo wins, he gets to wear purple, his second favorite color. If Spurrier wins, he gets to enjoy the free beer at all those legislative receptions.
Clemson football coach
Dabo and Congress. Its not unthinkable until you think it.
Former Federal Reserve chairman, former Dillon resident
Not many even know he grew up in Dillon. Tough sell.
NASA administrator, former astronaut, retired Marine general, Columbia native
This guys future is limitless. He is a hero, great leader and has all the smarts to do almost any job. The only concern is his politics. Lets face it: If Bolden were a Republican, he could be a senator or governor. But as a Democrat, the best he can hope for is a state Senator.
Politics is not rocket science, might bore him. (State) Superintendent of education. Certainly a great example of what commitment, focus and education can lead to.