Several leading political experts, commentators and analysts for media large and small have decided to run for public office in recent months, a trend that underscores the importance of name recognition in an increasingly political environment. and more partisan at the local, state and national levels.
Here are five media figures who are or have tried to make the leap to political office.
Daniel Goldman, MSNBC contributor
Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who advised House Democrats on former President Trump’s first impeachment inquiry, has made frequent appearances on the NBC family of networks to provide analysis and insight on legal issues and policies.
This week, he announced his candidacy for the most senior law enforcement position in New York State.
“I am a prosecutor, not a politician,” he said during a video. “And as Attorney General, I am ready to fight big battles.”
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“He is interfering with this investigation without any basis for doing so,” Goldman said last month of Trump’s refusal to hand over documents to the select committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “There’s no reason these witnesses shouldn’t show up to Congress, they can try to raise executive privilege if they want to, but they can’t defy subpoenas at all.” It is much easier to deal with these documents.
Goldman’s announcement came after incumbent Letitia James announced she would run for governor of New York City in 2022.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist
Kristof, a columnist for one of the nation’s leading newspapers for nearly four decades, announced this year he would step down from his post at The Times and run as Democrat for Oregon’s senior executive position.
“I’ve never run for political office in my life, but I’ve spent my life shining a light on the darkest corners of the world,” Kristof said when announcing his candidacy. “Nothing will change until we stop pushing politicians up the career ladder year after year, even as they refuse to tackle the issues Oregon faces.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specializes in topics related to human rights violations has spoken and written often about how it “sickened” him to return from international reporting trips to find his hometown of Yamhill , Oregon, struggling with poverty and drug addiction.
“I resist the journalistic urge to sit on the sidelines because my heart is aching from what my classmates have gone through and I think now is the right time to move from covering the issues to trying to solve them. “, he wrote in his last column published in the Times last month. “I hope to convince some of you that public service in government can be a way to demonstrate accountability to the communities we love, for a country that can do better. ”
Maya Wiley, MSNBC Contributor
Wiley, a lawyer and civil rights activist who appeared regularly on MSNBC to talk about racial and political issues, led an unsuccessful campaign to replace the mayor of New York City. Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio New York House Republican tests positive for COVID-19 New York mayor appoints five female deputy mayor New York breaks daily record of COVID-19 cases for fourth day in a row MORE (D) this year.
She garnered support from the city’s largest union and major national progressives, and was seen as a rising star. But she lost the Democratic nomination to moderate Democrat Eric Adams in a primary field that included more than a dozen candidates.
“Yes, it’s always tough for women, especially women of color, to win a citywide office in New York and statewide races across the country. And there is no doubt that our democracy is in peril, ”Wiley wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post after his defeat. “Making it easier to vote, educating voters and nurturing a new and diverse pool of candidates who are not beholden to powerful interests are the tools that will guarantee our democracy. ”
Larry Elder, Conservative radio host
Elder, a longtime conservative radio host in Los Angeles and regular on Fox News, became a leading gubernatorial candidate for Republicans in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomJudge Speaks Out Against San Diego Schools Vaccination Mandate Why Progressives Should Resist Temptation to Imitate Texas Law Oakland Mayor Calls on State for Help Tackling Violent Crime MORE (D).
Throughout the election campaign, he garnered the support of some of Hollywood’s top conservatives and vowed to replace the longtime Democratic senator. Diane finsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPelosi takes a step back on defense of stock markets Several Democrats call on FAA and CDC to require vaccines and negative tests for air travel Senators reach agreement on framework for re-authorize the law on violence against women PLUS with a Republican if he won.
“I am running for governor because California’s decline is not the fault of its people. Our government is ruining the Golden State, ”read its campaign website when it launched. “Our streets are not immune to the increase in violent crime or the disaster of growing homelessness. And the Sacramento scandals are not going to end on their own. It’s time to tell the truth. We have a state to save.
In the final weeks of the recall campaign, Elder made frequent appearances on Fox’s prime-time opinion-polls with network hosts cheering on his efforts and telling California voters they should consider opting out. support him in order to make California blush.
“I’m a unifier,” he said after the failed recall effort, teasing another potential candidate. “We will bring this country together. “
Donna Deegan, local TV presenter
Notoriety in the media is something that local election candidates have been trying to capitalize on for decades.
A recent example came in Jacksonville, Florida, where longtime weekday TV presenter Donna Deegan announced this month she would run for mayor, saying “change” was needed. in the city.
“We suffer not so much from poverty of wealth as from poverty of will and imagination,” she said in a speech announcing her campaign. “That’s why we need a change in leadership. Change for good, change that will last, change that works for everyone in Jacksonville.
Deegan, a breast cancer survivor, would be the first woman elected mayor in Jacksonville history and the second Democrat in 30 years, the Florida Times-Union reported. She once ran against the outgoing Republican John rutherfordJohn Henry RutherfordFive Faces of the Media That Became Political Candidates Overnight Defense: Advances on Pentagon Spending Bill 6B | The candidate of the Secretary of the Navy passes through the audience | Barriers pile up in fight to fund Capitol security Assistance dogs save veterans’ lives, despite limited access through VA PLUS (R) for a seat representing the 4th Congressional District of Florida and lost.
“I hope Representative Rutherford has heard your voice and will work for meaningful healthcare reform, coverage for pre-existing conditions and more,” Deegan said after being defeated by Rutherford. “Our work continues.
This article was updated at 9:26 a.m.