Is George Clooney being prepped by CA Democrats to run for governor in 2018?


Several days ago, the UK gossips claimed that George Clooney had proposed to Amal Alamuddin because he’s changing up his image and he wants to be taken seriously. So seriously, he wants to run for office. I theorized that if he does turn his eye towards public office, he might go for a statewide race. And Life & Style’s sources agree with me. Sources claim Clooney is being pursued by California Democrats to run for governor of California.

Actor. Director. Humanitarian. California governor? George Clooney may soon be following in the footsteps of his Hollywood peer-turned-politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger. A political insider exclusively tells Life & Style the Democratic Party is eying George for the 2018 gubernatorial race.

“Democrats are looking for the perfect successor to [current governor Jerry Brown], and George is interested,” the insider tells Life & Style, on stands now. “He has it all: He’s a handsome movie star with a social conscience who has used his fame for human-rights causes.”

Another political plus for George? His recent engagement to Amal Alamuddin, an internationally respected human-rights attorney the Democrats calls “a dream” first lady.

“They are thrilled George is going to be married, because they think a married George will be taken a whole lot more seriously than perpetual-bachelor George.”

[From Life & Style]

I actually had to do some research on this one, so thank you, Life & Style and Wikipedia. Governor Jerry Brown is a lot older than I thought – he’s 76 years old! And he’s running for reelection this year, and he just won his primary this week. I’m assuming he’ll probably win reelection…? Which means that if Dems want to prep Clooney for a run, they’ll have four years to rebrand him, and he would be running for the governorship in 2018. Governor Brown has term limits – if and when he wins reelection this year, that will be it for him (although he loves to serve in public office, so he’ll probably run for mayor or something). Do you think Clooney is playing a long game with his political chances? Could be. In four years’ time, Clooney could be married with a couple of babies. And that would make him a better candidate because…?



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  1. Mimi says:

    I thought Amal liked living in London? I can’t see her being willing to go to California.

    • BangersandMash says:

      I think he’s probably aiming for the Angelina Jolie international relations type of position, rather than something like governor. A position in the UN or something that’s aligned with Amal.

      • Hannah says:

        He just recently resigned as a UN Messenger of Peace…

      • Cam says:

        If true, George has lost his mind. I call BS on this one – the story about running for office, not ‘George has lost his mind. I’m sure he has 🙂

      • elisa says:

        That’s what I thought too – that he’s aiming more for a Brangelina-type power couple.

      • Sabrine says:

        Not a chance. He’s not interested in any political office and has said so in the past.

      • Camille (The Original) says:

        @Sabrine He also said he’d never get married again (yet that looks distinctly possible).

    • Birdix says:

      Especially Sacramento…

    • starrywonder says:

      Eh. I don’t believe this either.

  2. Hannah says:

    I still don’t believe it. Consider the source, L&S. And I assume California Democrats would be very happy with Gavin Newsom as a future governor.

    • bettyrose says:

      Clooney or Newsom? What a coifed fustercluck for CA dems. I hope someone more qualified than both emerges in the next four years.

  3. Abbott says:

    I don’t think he will run. He wants a political appointment. All the glory, less work, and his skeletons won’t be dragged out during a campaign. Ambassador to Ireland. It’s been vacant for some time.

    • justme says:

      Yes – ambassadorships (in stable countries) are the thing. He’s a Clooney (Irish name) and would be a good fit for Ireland.

      Being governor of California would just be a pain – too many problems and too few solutions.

      • marjalane says:

        Even George Clooney’s star power can’t fix all that is wrong with CA. Just because people “love” you, (and you’ve upped your family man stats) that doesn’t make you a competent politician.

  4. merski says:

    If so, he should totally hire Ryan Gosling as his campaign manager, heheh…

  5. Kiddo says:

    This is getting less interesting by the day. That said, there certainly have been dumber politicians in the past, who held office, so….

  6. Dorothy#1 says:

    I can’t get past how handsome he looks in these photos! I love him so much. ❤❤❤ I think he will probably run and win.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I like Amal, but I think she would be a political liability, not an asset, because of the people she has represented.

    • Kiddo says:

      Who did she rep beside Assange? I really have no idea.

      • Lindy says:

        She currently represents a Libyan spy chief who personally supervised torture and hangings under Gaddafi. She says she is representing him because he cannot get a fair trial in Libya, and deserves to have a trial at the Hague instead.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        For one, Muammar Gaddafi’s right hand henchman, who was in charge of torture and public hangings. She’s arguing that he can’t get a fair trial in Libya. Her clients are largely criminals.

        Sorry, Lindy, we posted at the same time.

      • Kiddo says:

        If she is legitimately invested in fairness, I could honestly see the reason as honorable.

        Also, thanks for the info, Lindy and GoodNames. I almost did an abbreviation of your name, but it turns out, it’s “gnat”.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I know, it tickles me when people call me gnat.

        Yes, everyone deserves to be represented, and our legal system wouldn’t work if somebody didn’t represent reprehensible people. I’m just saying that her representation of terrorists will not be a political asset.

      • Kiddo says:

        @GoodNamesAllTaken, well it may tickle you, but gnats make others itchy, especially when they fly in your nose.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I know. I hate gnats. It didn’t occur to me when I chose such a long name that it would be abbreviated or what the letters would be. It makes me laugh because that’s the kind of thing that happens to me. Constantly.

      • Madi says:

        International Criminal court lawyers do not work individually on cases, there are a lot of them representing one client. Amal was hired by Ben Emmerson QC who was assigned Abdullah al Senussi by the ICC. Ben Emmerson QC worked with Amal previously on the Assange case.

        She is also on the prosecution team who are prosecuting 4 guys who attempted to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri.

        She is not a Queen’s Council which are the lead barristers, but that doesn’t mean she is a skivvy either. This is nothing like the US legal system where you have a star lawyer and the rest are minions. A barrister is never a minion; just as a brain surgeon is not just a regular doctor

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        All I’m saying is that in US politics, your very true and informative comments won’t make any difference. If he runs, you watch. She will become known by the right as that woman who represents terrorists and traitors.

    • Christin says:

      I agree with this.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      GOODNAMES (Gnat!) thanks for posting this. I tried to add more to supplement what you said but my comment was not allowed. (I am disappointed!) If you Google her clients it’s clear she is not a “human rights activist.”

      People magazine just did an article on her Druze faith – a super small group of Muslims – without mentioning her.

  8. Daffy says:

    Pathetic. Marrying someone for political’s reasons. Yeark.

    Another Clooney’s story : “George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Having “Cold Feet” About Getting Married”.

    According to the OK! tabloid, now that the couple has had “a few weeks to think over their engagement, things aren’t looking so rosy – and friends worry that either one of them could call it off!” A week after OK! wrongly claimed Alamuddin was worried about Clooney’s drinking, the mag now says his alleged boozing “may be the least of her complaints!” Alamuddin is “now starting to fret about his womanizing past,” says the tab. A ”source” says, “His friends make jokes about when he’ll cheat on Amal.” OK! also claims Clooney has his own doubts, and that “he really didn’t think it through when he said he wanted to start a family,” now leaving Alamuddin “totally heartbroken.” The mag concludes, “No one in George’s inner circle will be surprised if the wedding never happens.”

    Gossip Cop checked in with Clooney’s rep, who assures us, “They are both happy and laughing at all the made up stories with fake sources.”

    Thus, George and Amal google their names, read all the gossips about themselves…Interesting…And after that, George will yet again say that he doesn’t pay attention to the gossip’s media…pfff, yeah, right.

    • siri says:

      He has proved in interviews many times that he is very well informed about gossip. He likes to control, so I don’t believe for a second he doesn’t know what stories are around. For the rest, I just think he will regret this fast engagement sooner or later. Political career- I don’t think he wants to work THAT hard 🙂

  9. linlin says:

    Didn’t the gossip press just report that they intend to make London their main residence? If he was interested in running for Governor, wouldn’t he want to spend as much time there as possible and be actively involved in things there (like charity organisations)?

  10. eliza says:

    I totally believe it. This has been his plan all along. I guess time will tell.

    • bella says:

      i posted here a few weeks ago that george’s suddenly becoming the marrying type after a legacy of being a shallow playboy and his rolling out his new bride who is as intelligent and deep as he IS A PR MOVE FOR HIS UPCOMING POLITICAL BID.
      has to be…
      no other explanation for the BS.

  11. Lindy says:

    It’s a not a good idea to start your political career at the top, as Arnold Schwartzenegger found out. You need to work your way up and build political alliances that can get things done.

    This is also one of the reasons Barack Obama has been so ineffective in dealing with the U.S. Congress: he doesn’t have decades of relationships he can call on, the way someone like Lyndon Johnson did.

    I think an ambassadorship would be perfect for George. Lots of glitter and not all that much substance. An ambassadorship to a key African country would be perfect, given his humanitarian interests on the continent.

  12. DanaG says:

    How is marrying and english muslim lawyer going to help him out? Don’t believe Clooney can have kids and she doesn’t look the motherly type. So it’s going to be a sham marriage that seems to be what folks are saying.

    • bluhare says:

      She doesn’t look like the motherly type?

      • minime says:

        “motherly type”: if that is a thing I’m sure she can buy it.
        Apart from that, I’m a bit lost at the meaning of that.

    • Becky1 says:

      If they want kids they will find a way to have them one way or another. If you have enough money, you can have a child at any given age or situation.

  13. Anoninga says:

    I lived in Cali during the Arnold years and part of Jerry Brown. Arnold was so horrible that voters rebelled and voted in Brown who was a democrat and had been governor of Cali previously. I doubt that people would want another celebrity for a governor, but if he could be rebranded perhaps. This could also be the reason for his marriage to the highly successful, attorney Amal.

  14. Gia says:

    What? Oh good grief. You’ve got to be joking. Does this guy even have an education? Celebrities are so deluded.

  15. PunkyMomma says:

    I don’t see a Governor Clooney in 2018. I don’t see an Ambassador Clooney at anytime, either. What I do see is an ageing leading man with health problems and a closet full of skeletons, either in mid-life crisis or full-on career crisis, taking a 180 on his life. He is not governor material – Arnold was a much heavier politico player who had the advantage of having married into the Kennedy clan, and Arnold couldn’t handle the mess in California. As for the Ambassador appointment, whoever wins the Presidential election in 2016 is going to fill those posts to repay favors. There are far more heavyweight campaign contributors ahead of George – he’ll be down the line quite a bit. And I doubt George and Amal will still be together in 2018. Just a hunch.

  16. Sandy says:

    These two are getting less interesting by the day, and as a couple, they make no sense at all. She’s too smart for him, they are too different in terms of their spheres of influence, and for someone who dates bimbos for long periods of times, then dumps them, George seems to be in an awful hurry to get married. Why?

  17. Guesto says:

    Clooney is a very very bad loser. He doesn’t take failure well or graciously. If he ran and lost, he’d cry and bitch and whine, just like he does when the critics fail to get behind his movies, and/or when his ‘non-campaigns’ fail to generate the nominations/awards he seems to think he deserves for.. well… being him.

    There is, imo, a very petulant, egotistic man behind the ‘humble every man’ front.

    So no, to this. 🙂

    • siri says:

      Absolutely agree. Look at that silly argument with the casino millionaire- he can’t even handle a non-problem like that. Calling Obama his friend is quite childish, too. I’m often surprised of how few people are able to look behind the facade of this seemingly seasoned man. In many ways, he’s such a little boy screaming for attention, and acknowledgement. His best acting part ever seems to be the Clooney character. And yes, he’s very self centered and calculating.

  18. Jen2 says:

    The current Governor of California is a bachelor and has never been married. He was a bachelor when he was elected the first time and is doing quite well now, so logically, getting married is not necessarily going to help. Jerry Brown dated quite a few Hollywood folks, including Linda Rondstadt, so again, this whole story is kind of dumb. Jerry Brown has a long political history with his father having been Governor first, so he has actual credentials. Mr. Clooney also has a famous father, but in the wrong profession. The California Democrats have other more competent people to run, so they don’t need to go begging.

  19. aenflex says:

    Seeing his choices in (types of) women, I would never vote for him. I believe he devalues women, not that his past ladies haven’t allowed it and not that other politicians and hopefuls haven’t done the same, (wouldn’t vote for them either). To me it’s not about being a bachelor, it’s about being a douchebag.

  20. twodollars says:

    This is a bunch of nonsense. The California Democratic Party has a massive bench of up and comers that will run for Governor in 2018. They don’t need or want a celebrity who has never governed before running. California is a reliably blue state and there isn’t any good Republican candidates that they would need Clooney’s star power to defeat.

    Plus, no way does Clooney want to live in Sacramento, CA for 4 years.

  21. Fan says:

    I told you so. Suspicious and he is up to something when he proposed to Amal.

  22. Sam says:

    You need to be able to debate and be challenged to win office. George’s ego can’t handle being challenged (that Wynn guy for example).

  23. AnnE says:

    If I heard about this pre engagement I would of said good for him, go for it! However, ever since his engagement I no longer feel the same about him. I used to respect his NO MARRIAGE policy and his girlfriends knew the deal and were paid off handsomely. This relationship and engagement just doesn`t pass the smell test, not sure the end game but I am not buying it. If they are in love and he had a change of heart regarding marriage, GOD BLESS and good luck to them.

  24. are you serious? says:

    I think Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom might have something to say about running for governor in 2018 and who might be more qualified, the Lt. Governor or an actor that knows nothing about how to run a government. This is not for anyone who might require on the job training…ask Arnold.

    • Missa says:

      Fun fact: Mrs. Gavin Newsom is one of George’s exes. Might make for an interesting Democratic primary 😉

      • are you serious? says:

        I seriously doubt it would even be much of a contest…(Clooney) zero experience in political governance versus (Newsom) a life dedicated to serving the public and already having held the second highest office in the state, not to mention running San Francisco as it’s mayor wouldn’t exactly be much of a choice for the voters…name recognition alone won’t help Mr. Clooney!

  25. roxy750 says:

    Holy Lord.

  26. lrm says:

    oh gawd. Not another one. Maybe i’ll be gone from CA by 2018….oi.

  27. DiamondGirl says:

    I don’t think it’s political at all. There is some scandal brewing (maybe that Bryan Singer thing) and Clooney needs a good reason to be away from the US for more extended periods of time than usual.

    I know he does that anyway, but having a wife who has no roots in the US gives him the perfect reason.

  28. Jayna says:

    He’s a handsome man.

  29. Amelie says:

    Does anyone think it’s odd that Amal doesn’t appear to have any romantic past? There has been no information about former boyfriends…at 36 years of age, some media outlet should have uncovered something by now.

    • siri says:

      She was in some sort of relationship with Eric Schmidt, Google boss. She organized the launch of his book “The New Digital Age”, and was seen with him on some occasions. But this man is married, although reportedly having had mistresses. I also red something about her and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas…but I don’t know what the nature of their relationship was. But I suppose, there really isn’t that much to tell- and perhaps that’s exactly what Clooney wanted.

  30. cody says:

    I really have run out of things to say about George, Amal and the engagement, because the whole thing has taken a life of its own, with very little comment from George.

  31. LAK says:

    No one would have thought Arnie would be Governor, so anything is possible.

    • DavidaRochelle says:

      Arnie was elected Governor when the Democrats in power at the time TRIPLED the car registration fees, and angered the unions, in an attempt to balance the budget. Even many poor Californians rely on a car to get to work. They stood in very long lines to register to vote, for the 1st time in their lives, to get rid of the Democratic Governor. Realizing that this was a rare chance for a Republican Governor, savvy party officials pushed for Arnie, who would appeal to recent immigrants seeking the American Dream. Traditional Democrats believed that his wife, Maria, would influence his public policies. In reality behind the scenes Republican bureaucrats ran the state at that time.

  32. Francis says:

    Amal is not a positive for him for voters, IMO. She will be used as a political lightening rid because of who she was involved in representing legally, that won’t play well in US. Also what and who is George’s base for voters, once he gets the few thousand starstruck voters, where else does his base of voters come from. The one thing Arnold had was a Kennedy,meh had Maria Shriver who went around the state , women liked Maria and had a long history with her from her family and career. No one is going to vote for Clooney just because he marries some British lawyer and he’s a star.