Gavin Newsom’s Big Break

The Associated Press reported today that Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will begin hosting a show on Current TV (a cable station) in May. Other officeholders who have appeared on the small screen (other than the daily news) include;

  • Assemblyman Charles J. Conrad (1947-1972) appeared on both the “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” and “Perry Mason” shows.
  • Attorney General Evelle Younger (1971-1979) was a judge on the court TV shows “Armchair Detective” (1949) and “Traffic Court” (1957).
  • Assemblyman Stan Statham (1977-1994) was the news director for News Director, KHSL-TV (CBS) in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Assemblyman Albert Dekker (1945-1946) appeared on 30 TV shows including “Bonanza” and “Rawhide”.
  • State Senator Sheila Kuehl (Assembly 1994-2000, Senate 2000-2008) appeared on a number of shows including “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”
  • Oh, and lest we forget; actor Gary Coleman was a candidate for Governor in the 2003 Recall. But, Coleman was never an actual officeholder.