WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fitness star and effervescence extreme Richard Simmons is on Capitol Hill today, tackling the issue of childhood obesity and pushing for increased school exercise programs. But as he testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee, the 60-year-old is nodding toward that celebrity siren song: political office.
In a half-serious, half-jocular tone, Simmons described his approach to the hearing, saying, "I want to have the respect of a congressman, I want to talk like a congressman, and maybe, someday, I'll be a congressman."
During three minutes of follow-up questions, Simmons displayed an almost Washingtonian flare for avoiding a direct position. "However I can be of use," he said, "If my country wants me, I'll be there for my country."
So has no plans to run?
"Well," he answered coyly, "I don't know. I may run for office. You never know."
Listen: Simmons speaks with CNN Radio about his political ambitions
True to his cause, Simmons seemed most interested in possible health-related jobs in a new administration. "(The new president) is going to have to look at the statistics of what's happening to our kids," Simmons told CNN Radio, "And then he's going to say who can we turn to? And it certainly isn't the Ghostbusters."
The fitness king cited former wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura as an example of the famous turned politician. He's not ruling it out.
"After this congressional hearing, I will go home," Simmons said, "I will talk with my Dalmatian dogs, I will pray to God and then I'll see what else I can do to help."
LOL What a joker... His chest hair is just as long as the hair on his head! LOL
Hopefully he can have some influence on getting phys. ed. and other activities back into schools.
All I have to say is yes....kids are way too fat these days
Watch out Larry Craig. This one may have a little more "flare" than you.... hahahaha... Richard speaks like a democrat but has the personal life of a republican.
He can't be any worse than what we already have.
what exactly made Arnold qualified to be Governor?
I say "Go for it Sir Richard"...
If anyone can do it (Fight childhood obesity) he can...and that's because he's known to attack from the "Source"...which is the "HOME".
I think it should be a form of child abuse the way these parents WATCH their children expand and explode in regards to their weight.
For many parents...Misery loves company. Find a fat kid, find a fat parent!!! 9 times out of 10...
Sir Richard will address all the issues of childhood obesity.
He has my vote....
Somebody needs to go get David Letterman and a fire extinguisher.
How would Larry Craig have avoided this scandal I wonder? It's too bad he got caught so before this, I feel like we really missed out on some great SNL skits.
He would carry the liberal vote!
Good. His native congressional district is currently represented by Congressman "Dollar Bill" Jefferson, the New Orleans crook that was caught with $90,000 in his freezer.
Richard knows New Orleans. However, I doubt that the Black dominated city would elect him.
Why not? who else knows better about obesity/childhood obesity – a very serious issue. Kids not living as long – there have got to be some restraints put on fast food places, etc. Like the new 2300 calorie Baskin Robbins shake...people don't live long eating like that...Medical issues in the next generation are going to be tragic. As far as other political issues, i guess other celebrities learned – why can't he? He has good intentions and has always been true to himself.
What the hell?! He can't be any worse than anyone else we have in congress, and he might make the country a little less OBESE for a change!
To what...............the same thing that qualifies Obama to be president. Nothing.
This is just waay too funny....you've got to be kidding me!
hey if obama can do it, i'm sure this clown can too
our government is a circus.
We need more people like him...Richard is great! I would think that if Gene Simmons is related to Richard, then Gene should run also...These are family oriented individuals and good for the human race to pattern after!
Bob Indianapolis, IN , This is America, land of endless possibilities so I will say to you: "Après le déluge apparaîtra l’arc-en-ciel, signe d’une vie meilleure!"
Richard is a good man. I would vote for him.
Oh please, are you kidding me?
Too... many... jokes...
IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN, TO MUCH FEAR MONGERING.
After seeing Criss Angel sawed in half last night, I'd thought I'd seen it all. After reading that Richard Simmons coyly suggests a run for office, I know I've seen it all. This is richer than rich without the Bling.
Anybody is better than McBush.
This country is so shallow and screwed up! The utterance of a has been entertainer seeking notoriety is worth posting?