Poll: Tom Selleck Should Run for Congress

Voters picked Selleck as their top choice for a celebrity candidate.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

With liberal comedian Al Franken's election to the Senate, more stars could consider a second career in politics. But of the politically active celebs whom respondents to our latest Whispers poll would like to see throw their hats in the ring, the most popular choice was someone on the other side of the aisle, sort of. A self-described independent, actor Tom Selleck is pro-gun and was pro-John McCain. Forty-one percent of respondents said they'd choose the Magnum, P.I. star for a congressional run. Ben Affleck, a Barack Obama supporter, got support from 18 percent of those polled, and Ted Nugent and Angelina Jolie each garnered 16 percent. And while she's active in the Creative Coalition, 26-year-old actress Anne Hathaway must still need to prove her political chops. Only 9 percent of respondents wanted The Devil Wears Prada star to run for office. But that's OK. While she could go for a House seat, Hathaway's still too young to run for the Senate.

The Whispers Poll

Comic Al Franken's election to the Senate could prompt other politically active entertainers to consider a run for office. Which film or music star would you most like to see serve in Congress?

Tom Selleck41%Ben Affleck18%Ted Nugent16%Angelina Jolie16%Anne Hathaway9% 

Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted August 21-25 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.