Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Victoria Jackson is petitioning to run for a county commissioner position in Williamson County, Tennessee, The Tennessean reported Tuesday.
Jackson, now a resident of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., is petitioning to become an independent candidate for one of two District 2 commission seats, according to the newspaper.
The “SNL” alum became a well known Tea Party activist, between appearances on Fox News and an original song she wrote called “There’s a Communist Living in the White House.” But she told The Tennessean that lately, she just hasn’t been in sync with the GOP.
“But I just can’t do it anymore; they just don’t have the values of our founding fathers anymore,” she said. “I am sure there are a few Republicans who do. I want less federal government involvement, lower taxes, smaller government, more public involvement, a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility.”
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels responded to a question about why he thinks the sketch comedy program produces so many conservatives. He had this to say about Jackson: “Well, let’s put Victoria in a separate category. When she arrived here, she was married to a fire-eater. Then she married an old boyfriend who was a cop. She was always deeply Christian.”
If Jackson meets qualifying requirements, she’ll be on the Aug. 7 ballot for the county’s general election, according to The Tennessean.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.