'Apocalypse' now: West Wing cast reunion for 'nonpartisan' election plea
September 20th, 2012
02:55 PM ET
9 years ago

'Apocalypse' now: West Wing cast reunion for 'nonpartisan' election plea

(CNN) - A candidate for Michigan's Supreme Court is getting a little help from "The West Wing"… television show.

Bridget Mary McCormack, whose sister Mary McCormack played deputy national security adviser Kate Harper on NBC's television series "The West Wing," is on the ballot this fall in Michigan as a nonpartisan candidate for the state's Supreme Court.

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Her campaign "The Bridget Mary McCormack for Justice Campaign" has paid for a YouTube video that has the show's cast reprising their roles as West Wing problem solvers focusing on the thorny issue of the nonpartisan section of the ballot, and one particular cast member's sister who happens to be on it.

Hoping to boost November turnout for candidate McCormack and to drive general nonpartisan ballot voting awareness, the "West Wing" star and her former cast mates shot two versions of the four minute video which taps into several quintessential moments from the hit show. One version focuses strictly on promoting nonpartisan ballot awareness and the other also advocates for McCormack.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the campaign does not plan to air the video as a paid advertisement.

The video, titled "Walk-and-Talk-the-Vote," opens with Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) throwing a ball against his office wall. Soon he's joined by McCormack and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) who then "walk and talk" their way to meet the rest of the cast including Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol Fitzpatrick), Lily Tomlin (Mrs. Fiderer) and the President himself Martin Sheen (Josiah "Jed" Bartlet).

"All it would take really is a gentle reminder for people to look for the nonpartisan section on their ballot and go vote there. I was thinking we'd make a video," says Allison Janney playing White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg.

"Right," Bradley Whitford playing Josh Lyman says, "Maybe with beloved TV personalities, one of them might be considered a movie-star handsome Louis C. K.?"

"Really?" asks McCormack the actress, playing character Harper.

"Read the message boards," he retorts.

OK, well, fans of the show will like it.

Absent from the reunion are John Spencer (Leo McGarry), who died in 2005, and Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), who according to Mary McCormack's official Twitter feed was out of town during filming.

To view the video, click here.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Name Tim

    Great ad! I love that show! Bartlett 2012! !!

    September 21, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. a fan

    If they can get another cast together with the same sort of charisma, they could do another series!
    (I have all seven seasons on dvd)

    September 21, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  3. Wendy (London, Canada)

    Excellent! Sorry that I'm not eligible to vote on this ballot.

    September 21, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  4. My Panties

    I am eating breaded pork chops. Is that okay with everyone?

    September 21, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  5. BeverlyNC

    I loved it! West Wing was my favorite show ever – intelligent, educational, funny and great characters Perfect for doing a voter ad to make sure voters understand how critical local and state judgeships that are elected seats are. Just look at how the Republicans judges on the Supreme Court have destroyed our democracy of elections with Citizens United, State Republican judges allowing the voter suppression laws to exist even when there is NO evidence of voter fraud. We need responsible citizenship where people go vote and find out about the candidates before they vote. TV ads are lies and are not usable for actual voter information. If you don;t vote or know who you are voting for, you end up like in 2010 with a Congress of Tea baggers who obstructed all legilsation for jobs, infrastructure and economic recovery, tried to pass laws taking away the rights of women, of workers, and even our most basic right of voting.Now we have a Congressional mess tha can only be cleaned up by wiping out ALL Congressional Republicans and putting in real leaders who know they are there to serve the People. We need leaders not extremist anti-democracy Party only followers like our current Republican Congress. Go vote and let's get America going again with people who care about America and our success.

    September 21, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  6. /B/tardHer0

    Hell, why not. They did more for the country than the current administration.

    September 21, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  7. James Klimaski

    As we have seen in Wisconsin and West Virginia, unless people take voting seriously, non-partisan elections for judges can get hijacked by monied interests to the detriment of the public at large. And reading some of the comments so far to this story, this will continue.

    September 21, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  8. dcobranchi

    @RealityBites The candidate is the sister of one of the actors.

    "Bridget Mary McCormack, whose sister Mary McCormack played deputy national security adviser Kate Harper on NBC's television series "The West Wing," is on the ballot this fall in Michigan as a nonpartisan candidate for the state's Supreme Court."

    September 21, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  9. The Elephant in the Room

    Republicans LOVE to falsely labe the President as "dividing Americans" or as the "most divissive Administration ever". NO. THIS IS A LIE.

    What is true is that they President`s enemies have pulled out every dirty trick in the book against this guy. THEY have called him divissive names, used divissive rhethoric towards him. He started out inviting Republicans over to the WH to watch football and socialize. However as soon as GOP Gov Crist was skewered for physically embracing Obama, no others wanted to be ostracized for being friendly.

    Now, the man is no fool. If you offer someone your hand, and they slap it away, the next time you knock the snot out of that SOB. AT worst, that`s all The Dems have done since 2009. They are not the weaklings the GOP & press make them out to be.

    Republicans, "DON`T START none, won`t be NONE."

    September 21, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  10. just bob

    Apparently you can't read or didn't watch the video Reality Bites... she is the SISTER of a Hollywood actress who just happens to have taught law at the University of Michigan and is campaigning to be reappointed to a seat she already presides over.

    September 21, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    And still nothing about the jobs bill for veterans that the GOP voted down. The party of NO strikes again.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 21, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. godsaveusfromgop

    The only thing lame about this video are the ignorant comments by some. Information is key. I for one consider myself pretty well informed but I did not know about the non partison section for electing judges. W ho we have running our courts is critical. Look what a mess the Surpreme court with its partisenship did with citizens united. I think ALL Judges should be non partisan. Way to go West Wing!

    September 21, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. okiejoe

    Reality –It isn't the candidate who has "Hollywood experience," it's her sister.

    September 21, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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