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Sean Astin, Congressman?
« on: January 31, 2005, 09:30:26 pm »

Check it out you guys!

http://www.usaweekend.com/05_issues/050130/050130sag_extra.html

Astin, 33, the son of actors Patty Duke and John Astin, tells us being part of the Oscar favorite "The Lord of the Rings" gave him "access to people or places that were inaccessible." He's written a book and is at work on another. He has two major miniseries coming up.
He was appointed to President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation and volunteered for John Kerry. And he's considering a run for Congress.



He could be an awsome congressman!  He would definitly rule on the filibuster technique.  And he's wrinting ANOTHER book?  Jeeze!  I hope it's not another biography.  He must reeeaaaally like to write.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2005, 11:39:51 pm »

That is really interesting, Mushee.  Thanks for posting.  Sean does like to talk, doesn't he?    I had to laugh when I read what you wrote about the filibuster thing.  Sean would definitely be great at that! 

He did say in his book that he has political aspirations.  It will be interesting to see what the future holds for him.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005, 04:13:24 am »

yay go sean!!!!. i cant  wait to see another book!!!.to sean pleaseeee go to iowa for the book promo.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2005, 11:05:49 am »

Forgive me for being so dim and I am ashamed of my lack of education but could someone explain what a congressman is please?
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005, 03:52:01 pm »

I will try.  I have a tough time explaining things like this in writing but I will try.  The USA has a Congress and a Senate.  The congress is made up by men and women that represent your state.  Each state has a certain number of congressmen based on the population of their state (I believe Iowa has six congressmen).  The Senate has two representatives per state...population has nothing to do with it.  Congressmen and Senators go to Washington DC to represent their State (at least that is what they are supposed to do...sometimes they represent their own agenda...but that is a while other topic  )  I hope that helps.  Perhaps someone can explain it better.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2005, 04:09:21 pm »

Heyy, that's really good. Go Sean!

"He was appointed to President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation and volunteered for John Kerry."

Wait, so is he a republican, or a democrat?

Or does he not care? 
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2005, 10:12:08 pm »

From what I gathered in Sean's book, he is a Democrat, but more to the center than to the left.  I believe the Council  he was appointed to is bi-partisan, meaning it's run by both republicans and democrats.

I really think he will run for office some day.  He mentions that several times in his book.  He is very passionate about this country and, in my opinion, very idealistic.  I wish him luck as that would be a very tough job.



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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2005, 11:05:01 pm »

Yep, Joanie is absolutely right.  Sean does mention in his book that he is a Democrat but, as Joanie says, more to the center of things.  He also does mention several times that he has political aspirations. And, yes, the council he is on is bi-partisan.  As Joanie says, it would be a very, very tough job. In one way I kind of hate to see him go into politics because he will make far more enemies than one does in acting but...if he chooses to run...I wish him the best.
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2005, 12:27:12 pm »

Thankyou 
I'm doing genral studies in school which is Science, Politics and Religion. I'm finding Politics very interesting. Next year I will have to vote so I suppose it's useful to know what it all means!
It's interesting to see how UK and US politics are different.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2005, 10:08:26 pm »

well pardon me for being a sour grape here, but im just skeptical about actors going into politics, ex:arnold s.

i guess its a little narrow minded but still, but its just the way i feel
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2005, 10:48:17 pm »

I'm pretty interested in politics myself going back to when I was a kid.  I always watched the State of the Union speeches and debates, etc.

It's not too uncommon for actors to go into politics.  Arnold is just one example, but there are others:

Sonny Bono and Fred (can't remember his last name) who was on The Love Boat (dating myself here..).

Anyways, I think Sean would be good at it, however, he's idealistic and sometimes those seasoned politicians can eat you alive!!  But I guess if he does make that decision, he'll go in with his eyes open.
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2005, 03:52:53 pm »

Ohh okay, got it.

I think he would make a good president, he seems to have his whole head still with him (unlike Bush).

But can you run for president if your bi-partisan?
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2005, 04:10:17 pm »

Since I am not debating these days I will ignore the Bush comment.    But, please know, Fiona, that I totally respect your opinion! 

Sean is actually a Democrat but he the Council on Service and Civic Participation is bi-partisan and that is why he was able to serve on it even under the Bush administration.  I am quite sure that if he ever runs for any kind of political office, it will be as a Democrat.
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2005, 05:38:41 pm »


Quote from: twoleafclover on February 02, 2005, 10:08:26 pm   

well pardon me for being a sour grape here, but im just skeptical about actors going into politics, ex:arnold s.

i guess its a little narrow minded but still, but its just the way i feel


I didn't hear that he was that bad of a governor.  If he was it would probably be all over the news.  Yeah, I know there was that "Girly Men" incident, but my brother told me that was mainly because he was trying to get the treasurers angry enough so they'd actually fix California's shoddy budget.

And wasn't Ronald Regan an actor?
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2005, 08:12:49 pm »

Yes, Ronald Reagan was the Governor of California before running for President. 

I think Arnold S. has a really tough job of turning CA around.  He has a lot of resistance in the state assembly because the majority of them are Democrats and they're always butting heads.  Par for the course in CA and in Washington!
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