Governor Steven Seagal of Arizona? It could be a possibility, if Steven Seagal decides to run for the office. The seventh-dan degree Aikido black belt has plenty of fans who remember him from his starring roles in such movies as Under Siege, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, and Marked for Death, and he’s earned new fans for his bad-ass exploits arresting genuine perps in the reality TV series, Steven Seagal — Lawman: Maricopa County (The Lost Episodes).
According to Phoenix, Arizona’s ABC affiliate, KNXV, Steven Seagal, 61, is considering a run for the governorship of Arizona in the next election, though his main concern is to bring a bit of law-and-order to Arizona through his crime-fighting actions as a duly deputized (volunteer) lawman for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Sheriff Arpaio has a reputation as being “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” though he has come under fire for his alleged racist attitudes and practices in defending the borders of Arizona.
Steven Seagal has discussed the possibility of running to be Arizona’s governor with Sheriff Arpaio in the past, and he has stated that he believes a significant problem for Arizona and America is illegal immigration. It’s likely that one of Seagal’s campaign platforms would be increasing border security of the state.
Though Steven Seagal has no previous political experience, besides being a deputy of Arizona, he’s also been deputized by sheriffs in New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana.
The martial arts action star is one of a force of 3,000 members of Sheriff Arpaio’s volunteer posse, according to CBS News. While Steven Seagal doesn’t get paid for his law-fighting activities, he does for starring in his reality TV series, which depicts his crime-fighting actions.
Illegal immigration vs. legal immigration has been a hot-button topic for both Republicans and Democrats. Both political parties believe that something should be done to secure America’s borders while still encouraging legal immigration, but, as the saying goes, the devil’s in the details.
Steven Seagal is concerned with the openness of the United State’s borders, though, and he thinks that more attention should be paid to this issue and how it effects Arizona and the entire United States.
The Aikido-practicing movie star has defended his boss and friend, Sheriff Arpaio, from critics who have labeled the controversial a racist because he would like to see the borders of Arizona become tighter. According to Steven Seagal, though, Sheriff Arpaio isn’t a racist, and “doesn’t care what nationality you are.” Instead, what’s important to him is “if you’re a criminal.”
Steven Seagal accused in a sexual harassment lawsuit
Steven Seagal has been the subject of controversy, himself, the last couple of years. A woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him accused Seagal of trying to make her his “sex toy.” Her accusation was thought to be a main reason why his reality series Steven Seagal — Lawman was canceled by A&E. In the A&E series, Seagal’s actions as a deputy of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office were portrayed.
The lawsuit was filed by a 23-year-old former model. It was settled out of court, though the case could come back to haunt Seagal if he does decide to make a run to be Arizona’s next governor. Seagal and his legal representatives have called the woman a “disgruntled” former employee.
However, the series was brought back to life by The Reelz cable channel picked up the series, but the locale was changed to Arizona, and the show’s name was changed to Steven Seagal — Lawman: Maricopa County (The Lost Episodes). The Reelz channel also has the Steven Seagal TV series True Justice in their lineup.
Written by: Douglas Cobb