McGraw Not Ready For Office, But These Stars Were!
Tim McGraw once announced his interest in running for a political office in the future. Well, CNN recently asked Tim if he was still considering that course, and it sounds like Tim is not quite ready to run for public office.
“Somewhere down the line, if I feel I can give back, I certainly wouldn’t say no to it, but it would be a while, and my kids would have to be grown because I certainly don’t want my closet opened anytime soon.”
Tim’s not the only Country Music singer who’s thought about running for office. There is a long list of artists who are outspoken on politics, from Charlie Daniels and Willie Nelson to the Dixie Chicks and Larry Gatlin. However, only a few have actually made the official leap from the Country Music stage to a seat in Public Office. Do you remember these Country Candidates?
Roy Acuff “Wabash Cannonball”- Roy twice ran for governor of Tennessee and lost both elections. The Grand Ole Opry star was so popular in the 1940s that the Republican Party actually pleaded with him repeatedly to run for the governorship of Tennessee. According to the Country Music Hall of Fame, who also have the official campaign poster for sale, the King of Country Music finally ran for office in 1948. Roy lost the election, but he gained more votes than any previous GOP candidate in what was then a solidly Democratic state. If Roy had won, he would’ve had to trade in his six-figure earnings for the $8,000 governor’s salary.
Sammy Kershaw “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”- The former husband of Lorrie Morgan, Sammy twice ran for lieutenant governor of Louisiana and lost both elections. Lorrie also dated Senator Fred Thompson.
Hank Locklin “Please Help Me, I’m Falling”- Hank was made the honorary mayor of his hometown of McLellan, Florida.
C.W. McCall “Convoy”- In 1986, under his real name of William Fries, he was elected mayor of the town of Ouray, Colorado where he served for six years.
Ben Jones “Cooter”- Although not a Country Music singer, many of us were fans of his “General Lee fixing” character on the Dukes Of Hazzard. Ben ran unsuccessfully in 1986, but won a seat in 1988 in the U.S. House Of Representatives in Georgia’s Fourth District.
Hank Williams, Jr. “A Country Boy Can Survive”- Although he’s yet to officially run for office, after campaigning with Sarah Palin he announced that he would like to run for the U.S. Senate as a republican.