MINOR CELEB EYES MAJOR OFFICE IN MINOR STATE

Via PoliBlog:

A friend and fellow celebrity of Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Wednesday he wants to join the actor-turned-politician at future gubernatorial conventions by getting elected chief executive of South Dakota.

Pat O’Brien, a graduate of the University of South Dakota who also studied international economics at Johns Hopkins University, said he is seriously considering challenging incumbent Republican Mike Rounds in the 2006 election.

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O’Brien, a Democrat, said his desire to run for office predates his broadcasting career.

“I grew up studying politics, I worked for the Kennedys, I worked for George McGovern,” he said. In fact, he said, he has been pushed toward public service since his days at the University of South Dakota.

“I had a professor there named Bill Farber who has always pushed Tom Brokaw and me — we were both his students — into some kind of public service,” O’Brien said.

Interesting. Clearly, Brokaw has done a little better. My first response to seeing this headline was, Who? I know who he is, but he’s not exactly Bob Costas.

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