Kelsey Grammer: I Might Turn Politician

But not quite yet; he's still acting for now

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2011 8:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Kelsey Grammer has played a president, and in an upcoming TV series he'll play a mayor ... so why not run for political office in real life? That's what he may very well do after he retires from acting, Grammer tells the New York Post, although he's vague on when that might be or what he might run for. "I look at my political aspirations as that last piece of my life—where I hope to do something good for people and pay back a little," says the conservative Republican, who endorsed Rudy Giuliani and campaigned for John McCain in the last presidential election.

Grammer, who is for small government and against taxes, is already a political activist: He has traveled with candidates he supports, including McCain, and the Post calls him a "big-time giver to conservative causes." He's also bankrolling Rightnetwork, a small cable channel with the slogan, "All that's Right with the world." He would likely run in New York, where he moved to from Los Angeles, Grammer says. And his acting experience would help him, he theorizes: Both acting and politics require a "narcissistic personality" and "a resilient ego."

Actor Kelsey Grammer speaks during the 'Boss' panel during the Starz portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Actor Kelsey Grammer speaks during the 'Boss' panel during the Starz portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.   (Getty Images)
George W. Bush shakes hands with actor Kelsey Grammer prior to a gala March 3, 2002 at Fords Theatre in Washington, DC.
George W. Bush shakes hands with actor Kelsey Grammer prior to a gala March 3, 2002 at Fords Theatre in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
President Bush, left, thanks actor Kelsey Grammer, host of the Saluting Those Who Serve concert for the 55th Presidential Inaugural in this Jan. 18, 2005, file photo in Washington.
President Bush, left, thanks actor Kelsey Grammer, host of the "Saluting Those Who Serve" concert for the 55th Presidential Inaugural in this Jan. 18, 2005, file photo in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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