Has the washed-up-celebrity-governor bug bitten comedian Joe Piscopo? The "Saturday Night Live" vet says he's being urged to make a run for office in the wake of New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's announced resignation.
Piscopo, a self-described lifelong Democrat, tells CNN that "young, very concerned New Jersey citizens" proposed the idea to him. He declined to identify said young, concerned citizens because they wished to remain "in the background." The 53-year-old New Jersey native did not say Friday whether he would run in a gubernatorial race.
McGreevey has announced plans to resign on Nov. 15, causing a bit of angst among gubernatorial hopefuls at both ends of the political spectrum.
"I don't mind him on a personal level hanging in until November, because he's got to do what he's got to do," says Piscopo, who counts McGreevey among his friends.
In other washed-up-celebrity-governor news, Minnesota's Jesse Ventura will join on a conference call tomorrow to help launch a new veterans group called Operation Truth.
According to the group's Web site, Operation Truth "will educate the American public about the truth of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspective of the soldiers who have experienced them firsthand. We will provide returning veterans with national, regional and local podiums from which they will expose the preventable hardships that they endured as a result of failures at the top levels of leadership."
Ventura, a former Minnesota governor, will be joined on the conference call by Paul Rieckhoff, an infantry platoon leader in Iraq who founded the organization, and Bobby Muller of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.
Ventura, who made his name as a professional wrestler and later in movies, is also a former Navy SEAL.
Noted . . .
Actor John Stamos has filed for divorce from actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. The couple announced in April they were separating after five years of marriage . . . Brooke Shields is scheduled to join the cast of the Broadway revival of "Wonderful Town," replacing Donna Murphy on Sept. 28 in the role of Ruth Sherwood, an ambitious writer determined to make it in 1930s New York. Shields is no stranger to Broadway -- she once filled Rosie O'Donnell's shoes as Rizzo in the long-running revival of "Grease."
. . . and Quoted
"Honestly, what hip-hop is about is poor people. . . . They can be part of a voting bloc that is more compassionate."
-- Russell Simmons at Friday's Hip-Hop Summit in St. Louis, a voter mobilization event the record mogul helped organize
-- Compiled by Chris Richards
from staff and wire reports