August 11th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Wasilla mayor plays hardball with Levi

Levi Johnston's potential political rival commented on reports Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
Levi Johnston's potential political rival commented on reports Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

(CNN) - The man Levi Johnston may face in his bid for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska is sparing no punches when it comes to the political newcomer.

"Well, it is a little early to declare. Usually most wait until the year the seat is up," current Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright said in a statement. "But since I am nearly old enough to be Levi's grandfather I think it would be wise for him to get a high school diploma and keep his clothes on. The voters like that!"

Rupright's comments come two days after the production firm Stone & Company Entertainment said it is actively shopping a show that will feature Johnston seeking the post once held by Sarah Palin.


The show, to be called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office," will feature the trials and tribulations of America's most famous teen dad as he enters the world of politics while continuing to dabble in Hollywood, the company also said.

Rupright won in a 2008 runoff election with a total of 466 votes. The next mayoral election won't be held until 2012, but Johnston said he may seek a seat on the city council in the meantime.


Filed under: Alaska • Levi Johnston
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    LOL...silly mayor...only SOME of the voters like high school educations.

    August 11, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. norma

    Rock on Verne! I love it!

    August 11, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. AntiPalin

    I hope Johnston beats the pants off of Rupright!

    August 11, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Centerfold model / Reality TV actor goes from no experience to Mayor of a Village. Sounds like he is following the footsteps of his Mother-in-Law to be. Who knows maybe he'll run for President too!

    August 11, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Rush Goebbels

    If Sarah could get the job,any fouth grader can. Well the first thing you know ,old Sarahs a millionaire,kinfolk said, Sarah move away from there,Hollywoods is the place you ought to be,so she loaded up the sled and moved to Beverly,hills that is.

    August 11, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Larry

    LOL. Get a high school diploma and keep his clothes on. The voters like that!

    August 11, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Rich Ramirez

    Media sensationalism has made this joke relevant in todays pop culture. How sad!

    August 11, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. concerned citizen

    You idiots in the so called "media" are responsible for keeping those clowns in the news. Grow up and give us news that deserve to be read and not this kind of garbage

    August 11, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Tracy

    Dude you really better watch out. You have a mob of angry inbreeds called the Tea Party, and they are voting out sane people to get the nutjobs in.... This is definitely right up their alley and it is their "Cup of Tea".. So don't take the fact that he does not have a diploma lightly, hell Sarah doesn't have a clue, but they are 100% behind her.... Watch out, and you better campaign, cause those people are serious. Though they have no idea what they are serious about...

    August 11, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Brian

    The Palin clan seems to think they are entitled to public office, celebrity status, or fame. Without the constant tabloid-like media coverage they get, they'd be guttin' fish in some cannery up there in Alaska.

    August 11, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. beevee

    Is'nt there a rule that any one seeking mayor position or any political office should at least have an undergraduate degree? Otherwise this country will be ruled by worthless people who have no education. I forgot, his almost mother-in-law has an undergraduate degree (took six years to complete) but nonetheless a stupid.

    August 11, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. No Incumbents

    Mayor Rupright's negative personal attack shows that he is running scared. Everyone loves Levi because he is the all-American boy and he tells it like he sees it. Levi's celebrity status will bring tourism and new jobs to Wasilla. Levi has already shown that he can arouse the interest of the ladies, which in politics is all that matters. If you have any doubt about who is more likely to win an election, a former nude model, or a scientist with a PhD, just ask Senator Scott Brown.

    August 11, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. rickinmo

    After a recent story about Levi's and Bristol's engagement, I commented that we should wish them well. After all, they're not Sarah Palin. Now the engagement is off again and Levi has announced his intention to run for mayor of Wasilla with a TV show about his road to the mayor's office. I guess he's learned a few things from Sarah and he's more like her than he would care to admit. No doubt, he'll quit the race and TV show if a better offer comes along!

    August 11, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Mike

    Patronizing remarks like that will not endear him to the younger voters out there in Alaska.
    Sounds like the current mayor thinks a bit much of himself. Not an admiring trait in my eyes.
    Then again, I don't think he has much to worry about from Levi Johnston.

    August 11, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Augsbee

    I'm glad to see this kid things our country is a joke, talk about mocking the position of Mayor of a city. I feel sorry for the people of Wasilla if this clown even gets to be on their city council, talk about wasting tax- payers money $$$$ and precious time. I guess he doesn't think much nor does he have any respect for the people of the City of Wasilla.

    August 11, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. DP in PS

    Rupright is wrong about one thing. Levi needs to continue to take his clothes off and he needs to show more, not less. Look how cute he is in that picture!! This will, assuredly get him votes and warm the heart of the ladies, and some men, to be sure up there in cold Wasila. Sex appeal wins the day....its how his baby's grandmother won back in her day. Had to be that, it certainly wasn't the pearls of wisdom she dropped along the campaign trail.

    August 11, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. ruty

    I am ashame that Alaska is part of the US. Hillbillies coming out of the wood work. How much more NO class crap do we have to endure from the Palins and Johnsons. I hope I never hear those names again.

    August 11, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. ST

    "should learn to keep the clothes on". Ah! Is this not the same thing that time when Sarah was competing to be the super model!" Is Rupright not aware of this or is he pretending to have a short memory!

    August 11, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. bbrooker

    The most retarded thing about this whole scam is that this kid does not want to be mayor of Wasilla!! If he won he'd quit within two weeks after taking office because the cameras would be long gone.

    August 11, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Debby

    This kid is such trailer trash it isn't funny. His talk appearances make him look dumb as dirt. LOL If people are stupid enough to follow this kid around we are in big trouble.

    August 11, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    If SP could do it then surely Levi can! Heck grab a baby seal walking by and they could be a good a mayor as SP!!

    August 11, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. blindbear

    The only way Levi will travel the "Road to the Mayor's Office" is if Wasilla passes an ordinance against stupidity and he has to go there to pay his fine.

    August 11, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. vic

    If my memories are right we kept our politician in higher standard and respect them

    Now I know why we hate politician thanks to Pailn

    August 11, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Darrel from Denver

    He has a good chance. After all, they got hood winked by Sarah Palin. They can be too smart.

    August 11, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. CJ

    "But since I am nearly old enough to be Levi's grandfather I think it would be wise for him to get a high school diploma and keep his clothes on. The voters like that!"

    bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Although, now that I think about it. Bill Clinton didn't keep his clothes on and many of us voters love him.

    August 11, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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