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Randy Quaid Says He Wants to Run for Governor of California

by Matthew Wilson
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California may have a new governor soon if actor Randy Quaid gets his way. He says he wants to be in the state’s highest position of power.

As his “Independence Day” character Russell Casse might say, “Hello boys, I’m back.” The “National Lampoon’s” actor revealed he’s considering a political run. Quaid entertained the idea in a Twitter post, catching the attention of his followers in the process. But the actor will, of course, have to file the proper paperwork to officially join the race.

On Twitter, Quaid wrote, “I’m seriously considering running for governor. The prosecutorial corruption in California (esp Santa Barbara & the Bell scandal) is rampant, and I promise that if elected I will clean up the District Attorney Offices throughout the state.”

Quaid often uses the social media platform to share various musings and also his political idealogy. He’s also been critical of California’s government in the past. Quaid’s political ambitions come after current governor Gavin Newsom announced a recall election for the state. But if Quaid does run, he won’t be the only celebrity gunning for the governor’s position.

Caitlyn Jenner also announced plans to run for governor in California. The reality star is a former Olympic gold medalist and is a transgender rights activist. Jenner will be running under the Republican party for candidacy.

Randy Quaid’s Career and Recent Years

Randy Quaid entertained audiences in the 1980s and 90s as a comedian. Audiences may best remember Quaid for his turn as Cousin Eddie in the popular “National Lampoon’s Vacation” franchise. Quaid’s character acted as a foil to the Griswold family and often showed up to sow chaos.

Quaid followed up that series with a memorable turn in “Independence Day” as a man driving with his family during an alien invasion. Quaid brought his usual oddball energy to the role. But the actor has turned dramatic roles as well. In 1984, he garnered an Emmy nomination for “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He also gained a nomination in 2005 for an “Elvis” biopic as well.

But these days, Quaid has mostly withdrawn from the public. The 2000s brought a host of legal troubles for the actor. For instance, Quaid was arrested for burglary charges in California. Additionally, he and his wife briefly sought asylum in Canada to escape warrants for their arrest in California. Since then, Quaid has mostly been off the grid.

For a time, his fans believed the actor lived in Vermont. But Quaid and his wife were spotted in Los Angeles. The actor mostly interacts with the public these days on social media.