Movie star Steven Seagal is considering a run for Arizona Governor as reported by KNXV-TV. The interview was conducted by the station in regard to his latest TV reality series, Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County. The actor also made it clear that he has already discussed this issue with Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff, commenting, “Joe Arpaio and I were talking about me running for governor of Arizona.”
The reality series will be broadcasted on Reelz Channel starting in January, and it focuses on the territory covered by Sheriff Arpaio and his posse. The world famous actor teamed up with the sheriff in 2011 to shoot the series in Arizona. According to the Segal, working with Arpaio helped him see the difficulties encountered by the authorities, and this is one of the reasons he is considering running for governor. When asked about it, he said, “I would remotely consider it.”
According to the actor, the Sheriff enlisted him to train the posse members in marksmanship and martial arts. Segal said that his commitments to law enforcement will never falter and that it is a match made in heaven. He added saying that he found plenty of fodder for the “Lawman” reality TV series. As per reports by KNXV-TV, it is difficult to say which party Steven Seagal would represent if he runs for Arizona governor, but Republicans have a much stronger base in that state.
Segal is known for his machismo and action flicks. He has starred in many action movies such as Into the Sun, Marked for Death, Fire down Below, Above the Law, Under Siege, On Deadly Ground, and Hard to Kill. He was a Reserve Deputy Chief in Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and has a long-standing relationship with the law enforcement authorities of Maricopa County.
Segal has formed many alliances with law enforcement agencies, along with his standing in the film industry. He has been deputized in locations such as Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. As a member Arpaio’s posse, the martial artist also wants to increase border security forces to a considerable extent. In an exclusive interview to ABC15, he said, “”I think our biggest problem is the open border.” This is most likely the biggest motivation for the possibility of a run for governor.
It is not uncommon for movie stars to embark on a political career; Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan are two prime examples. The Terminator hero served as the Governor of California for eight years until he left office in 2011, and Regan served as the 33rd Governor of California and as President of the United States.
Joe Arpaio is the self-proclaimed harshest Sheriff in America and his posse has more than 3,000 unpaid civilians. Seagal is an expert member of the Sheriff’s posse and look forward to serving any county in which he is deputized. If Steven Seagal formally announces a run for Arizona Governor, his decision and party choice will most likely start a media frenzy.
By Sunando Basu