Us Weekly: George Clooney’s ultimate goal is to run for a Senate seat in CA


You might have heard earlier this week that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin seem to be doing some serious wedding planning while vacationing in Como, Italy. Amal is on yet another holiday, and she brought along her mom. Mama Alamuddin was utterly charmed by Clooney, of course, and now it’s looking more and more like the Clooney-Alamuddin nuptials will take place in Como and not Venice, as previously claimed. Us Weekly even says that the local politicians are changing the laws to suit Clooney:

It’s good to have friends in high places! George Clooney has been granted two new protection laws in Lake Como, Italy, preventing fans and paparazzi getting close to his residence ahead of his planned wedding to Amal Alamuddin. Sources confirm to Us Weekly that the Monuments Men actor’s friends at Laglio Council have just approved the laws and huge fines, designed to keep uninvited guests away from his idyllic lakeside mansion Villa Oleandra.

The laws, declared on Saturday, June 21, prevent anyone stopping on both the road outside his house, and the water directly in front of his villa, 24-hours a day. The restrictions will remain in place until September 30. Mayor of Laglio, Roberto Pozzi, told Us that official request to hold the nuptials in Italy have not yet been lodged. “We have not received any formal requests yet,” the Mayor said. “But we are ready for any requests.”

“It is now completely forbidden to stop outside the entrance to Clooney’s villa,” the Mayor continued. “It’s a question of traffic and security. It is very dangerous and it’s also an issue of privacy.”

On the lake side of the property, anyone sailing or swimming within 100 meters from Clooney’s villa could be fined up to 500 euros.

“We have never penalized anyone in the past,” Pozzi said. “This type of action is designed to bring about a change in people’s behavior and create a more peaceful environment. We have to guarantee privacy and security for George Clooney and his guests.”

[From Us Weekly]

Well… that’s nice. I’m trying to think if I can even recall a local government in America changing the laws to suit a celebrity and celebrity wedding. I can’t think of one…? If a celebrity has a large crowd or something, the local cops will be called in to provide crowd control and security, but no laws are changed. Weird.

Meanwhile, Us Weekly is doubling-down on the reports that George is definitely going to seek political office. They have some oddly specific details:

George Clooney is seriously considering a run for public office, multiple sources tell Us Weekly.

“George has been talking to politicians about running for office for years,” says a DC insider, noting that Clooney is “close” with Pres. Obama.

Adds the insider, “George has said his ultimate goal is to become a US senator but he knows he would have to hold a position like governor first.”

One pal predicts the actor will take that first step in 2018 with a run for California’s governorship. Says the friend: “He has the good ideas that he wants to implement.”

And now he’s got the perfect first lady. One source says his fast-track romance with Amal Alamuddin is a strategic move. Cloney aims to shed his bachelor image, says the source: “He wants to be taken seriously… he’s ready for a change, so a 2018 run is very plausible.”

[From Us Weekly, print edition]

We’ve heard the governor rumors before, and it’s just weird to me that Clooney would try to enter CA politics this way at this time. The Democratic Party in CA is super-powerful and super-organized, and I just think that Gov. Jerry Brown’s hand-picked successor is probably going to be Gavin Newsom. IF George really wants to run for office as a Democrat, he should go home to Kentucky and run for governor there next year. The current Democratic governor is Steve Beshear, and he’s term-limited and he can’t run again next year. Also – not for nothing, but the Dems are trying to get more women to run, and younger people to run so they can groom them over the years. George is 53 years old, you know? He’s a little long in the tooth to be running for public office for the first time.


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  1. Aha says:

    This has to be the reason he’s getting married now, to look legit!

    • Decloo says:

      If he thinks being married makes him more legit in American political circles I doubt he would choose a Middle Eastern woman who grew up in England.

      • Jay says:

        ?? California is a very liberal state. They elected the Terminator as governor. If anything they’d respect Clooney’s choice to marry such a successful and cultured woman.

      • Francis says:

        But,..Arnold had A KENNEDY…..and he was very like able. I’m not sure Clooney will get a lot of male votes and I’m also not sure Clooney will get past a Senate seat with Advil as his wife. IMO He will be skewered and so will she.
        I think she hinders him in the US.
        Although California loves their movie stars. I m a Californian and vote in local and State and Advil as his First Lady puts me off totally.

    • Jay says:

      I thought the exact same thing. I was wondering why he went from dating waitresses to this high powered lawyer and why he suddenly wanted to marry. If it’s true that he wants to run for office, that would explain everything.

      • Kaylar says:

        Nah..sounds iffy. He lives in Italy for 20 years, marries a Middle Eastern Brit all to become first a governor for a term, then a senator in the U.S.? What’s he got – a 10 year plan and it will all come together when he’s 70? Come now. Lol

      • Jay says:

        I dunno, there are a lot of elderly politicians. Not saying he wants to be governor specifically, but perhaps he does have some sort of politically driven plan that would be helped by the addition of a respected, articulate wife.

      • Flower says:

        Clooney doesn’t live in Italy , he spends 2 or 3 months there in the summer, usually writing his new film or editing his last one depending on what’s happening year to year.

    • Beezers says:

      That’s exactly what I thought when I read that he was finally getting married. It’s for political reasons. That’s why he chose a professional, working woman instead of the bimbos that he’s been dating for years. He should just come out of the closet already.

  2. Sabrine says:

    I don’t believe it. It’s just another BS rumor. This is the last thing he wants.

    • pantalones en fuego says:

      Most people also thought that getting married was the last thing he wanted. Granted- it has yet to happen but still.

    • Krista says:

      Yeah, he’s said that he’s done too many drugs and had too much sex to run for office. So I don’t buy it either.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t believe it, either. I’m not sure why, I just won’t believe it until I see it.

  3. Jaderu says:

    His first act as Governor of California should be to clamp down on Jennifer Aniston and her out of control closet.

    P.S. Angelina should run against him when he goes after the Senate seat.

  4. Hannah says:

    I don’t believe it. I know it’s US Weekly but I just can’t imagine George wants to get involved in politics in an elected capactity. He just doesn’t seem like the type. Also, everything he’s on record saying it’s not for him. He could’ve just said that to stop the speculating or he could’ve changed his mind but I remain skeptical.

  5. Fannie says:

    How can a high-powered attorney have so much vacation time?

    • Jules says:

      Because now she a a Clooney Stepford Girlfriend/Wife.

    • nora says:

      (humor) you have been already explained 100 times lawyers in England have had with the Americans with lawyers or French or any other country anything, it is they who decide their schedules and they can set off on vacation for several months without it does affect their work as opposed to lawyers of other countries between parenthesis would be better to settle in England. Clooney has when he wants to enter politics “good luck” because it is a very hard job especially campaigns; in France every time That a celebrity entered politics she gets smashed by the media and by voters

    • Hannah says:

      @fannie maybe you think she is always on vacation because gossip sites don’t run stories about her work. Because you know, they are gossip sites. She has been working on several occasions per other sites, but it is not something that has ever been mentioned on this site.
      If you want to know about her work I suggest you should click on a different site that caters for politics and international affairs.

  6. Birdix says:

    As a San Franciscan (newsom was mayor), I’m not a huge Newsom fan, but I can’t imagine how Clooney could be governor. Look how well Arnold worked out… And I guess he’d be hoping that Boxer or Feinstein will retire, but those are some shoes to fill. All of this seems so unlikely…

  7. Diana says:

    I am going to show every photo you’ve posted of Amal to my hairsdresser at the next appointment. It’s seriously to die for.

    • NN says:

      It’s a wiglet. Zoom in and you’ll see.
      In fact, I think it’s a really bad wiglet….the color doesn’t quite match at the top and it looks like she just put it on top of her head and went out. It doesn’t look real or good tbh.

  8. Kiddo says:

    If he wanted to run for a government position, wouldn’t it behoove him to start speaking about the issues with solutions to them, instead of leaking romance novel type press releases about himself and his girlfriend?

    This country is going to hell in a handbasket, if this is genuinely what passes as a move for a political position.

    • Christin says:

      When Kentucky was mentioned, I immediately also thought of Ashley Judd and her rumored political aspirations. Maybe they should marry and try to take over Kentucky politics with all their ‘well articulated’ solutions.

      Just imagine it.

  9. Ag says:

    well, good thing he didn’t ask SCOTUS for a protective buffer zone… (too soon for a bad joke?)

  10. Jen2 says:

    Said it before and say it again, if the current Governor of California is a life long bachelor (and it is the second time he has been elected Governor), why does Clooney need to marry someone to get elected. She is a British barrister (who might not live full time in California after marriage), so how exactly does that help him with US politics. The Democratic Party in California has a deep bench, so why go with a rookie with zero experience. These stories about getting married to get elected just make no sense. Guess US Mag had to change it to Senator since the Governor story dried up. They are desperate for stories like other tabloids. The engagement and marriage seems hurried and I agree with that, but a political career does not seem to be the reason. She is being portrayed as “at his level” (hate that more than anything else) and perfect for paparazzi opportunities, but who knows what is on Clooney’s mind.

    • trilby227 says:

      Jerry Brown isn’t a bachelor. He’s been married since 2005.

    • bettyrose says:

      And isn’t this technically his third elected term as governor since he served two terms on his first round?

  11. aqua says:

    It’s be reported that even though George hired a wedding planner to help with the wedding,he’s apparently very involved in the planning and the rumour is, is that he’s the one who nixed the Venice location. Turning into Groomvilla?

    • hunter says:

      He’s also hired a stylist to manage Amal’s ever-pap-ready appearance. It is quite obvious to me from her always-photo-ready hair to her chic & “casual” attire in pap shots.

  12. Word Girl says:

    I’m pretty sur Clooney is eyeing some political job or else he wouldn’t be making sure Amal was popped do often. He also wouldn’t be releasing attendees names in his wedding like who his best man will be. This is all a big facade for a political seat IMO.

  13. vava says:

    I hope he does! We need more attractive men in politics. (I like his liberal views, too. I’d vote for him!).

  14. GeeMoney says:

    So he’s getting married just to run for office so he can be more appealing to voters? Yeesh. If anything, this silly turn of events would make me LESS likely to vote for him.

    I feel sorry for people who get married for “business” reasons. What a waste of time to spend the rest of your life with someone who’s just with you to make their image look better.

    And people wonder why marriage is a failing institution…

  15. Liberty says:

    This has been floating around for days, yes. From June 17:

    • aqua says:

      I’m really sitting on the fence when it comes to this. Like many others I’m just going to wait and see what happens next.

  16. aqua says:

    A lot of people are really upset and are completely turned off from Clooney because of the law changes, they think he’s self centered and pretentious.

  17. abby says:

    eh, changing the laws (temporarily it seems) to suit Clooney is no surprise. He pays tax $$ and I am sure his similarly wealthy neighbors would rather NOT have a bevy of paps and intruders swarming the areas around the time that George and Amal are rumored to wed. So, if true, no shock there.

    Sorry though, I do not buy Clooney getting into politics – or at least not this particular story. ITA He may have aspirations for something beyond acting but I doubt it’s an elected political office – maybe some kind of appointment/post or ambassadorship.
    I mean, is the idea for he and Amal to live in the US? Is she going to leave her work in the UK and become a full-time political wife or will she bring her work to the US? Does George plan to run a political campaign? Cause you know, political campaigns are a little different from Oscar campaigns and the political press is a different beast compared to the tabloid/entertainment press. But Clooney should know all this, his father was a journalist.
    I ask because I see Amal’s work as much of an potential asset as a potential liability. Sure, I guess she’s in a more respected career than the wrestler or the bar attender. She’s been deemed “on his level.” But consider her clients? Will Amal’s work be aligned with US foreign policy? What about her parents and their political leanings? I personally do not have an issue, I think it’s great that George found someone, but I also know how xenophobic some of the opposing press can be.
    And imo, this is not the same as Ahnuld and Maria Shriver. First, they were already married for a number of years so the weird, “is this a sham, politically-motivated marriage?” vibe was not there. Or at least not as strong. Second, Maria came from an established, well-known political US family. And she had an established career as a journalist in the US. Her credibility in the US was already established. It’s that credibility that benefited Ahnuld. And of course, his film career made him a known entity to the electorate. Taken together, it worked, at least initially. Not so great in the end.
    But, according to US Weekly, George wants to cast aside his well-established, longstanding bachelor life-style after a whirlwind romance (to a relative unknown in the US) and step into a political career with a ready-made political wife, despite having no experience in politics. Yeah.

    I just think this could cut both ways – Amal could be a political goldmine or a landmine. So far we’ve only seen PR-friendly puff pieces from People and the like. If this is true, reality will hit when the mainstream press (NYT, WSJ, etc) and political blogs and pundits (see Limbaugh) start weighing in. Not to mention the resentment of the Dems who already paid their dues by working their way up the ladder. That’s what I’m talking about. I can see this getting ugly. The extent that Amal is an “asset” won’t truly be clear until the political press starts digging up (and distorting) every good deed or misstep they can find. And that’s not even mentioning what they can dig up on George.

    Till then, I hope they have a lovely wedding.

    • aqua says:

      “He pays tax $$. ” Not only that but my guess is that he probably brings a lot of money into the area because some tourist want to see where he lives and hopefully catch a glimpse of him so in order to keep him and other happy a temporary law change was granted.Understandable.

    • Nope says:

      Changing laws…IMHO they are more orders by local road and traffic authorities in order to prevent possible accidents to third parties.
      Some weeks ago a motorboat approached the shore at a high speed to take pics of Villa Oleandra and it almost killed a boy who was swimming.
      This is happening on daily basis and it is dangerous for tourists and citizens.
      Besides, you have to understand that Laglio roads are particularly narrow and all-turns. When people stop in front of the Villa they are basically in the middle of the road and incoming cars may not have the time to see them and stop. I find this decision reasonable.

  18. abby says:

    oh, I forgot to add to my comment above (#17). I just do not see Cali. voters falling for that again – going for a high-profile, well known candidate with limited to no, relevant experience. Ahnuld benefited from his wife’s credibility and an electorate frustrated with a failing state. Too bad he only worsened the situation.
    Will George do better? I certainly cannot say, but I think Cali voters will be far more cautious and discerning if he does run, given Clooney’s lack of experience. I think he’ll be under alot of scutiny.

  19. LovesGossip says:

    In order for George to become a senator or a governor doesn’t he actually have to WIN the position first. Just because George is a celebrity doesn’t automatically mean he gets the position of his choice. Some voters may find him too liberal. Other voters may disapprove of his friendship with Obama. Also, the new Mrs. Clooney may prove to be detrimental because she is Muslim and has represented savory-type individuals, imo.

  20. jimmy says:

    LOL..that’s what we need, an arrogant out of touch little bitch in the Senate.He is so arrogant that he actually believes his opinion matters.Just keep your day job of pretending and don’t embarrass your self by running for the Senate.

  21. Dino says:

    I don’t think, that Clooney intends to go into politics. It could be, that they plan something else. One parent of both of them is a journalist and have worked or is still working on TV. Both George and Amal know this scene very well.
    So I think maybe they plan their own TV-station, trying to bring more knowledge to the public. He for the so called western world and she for the eastern. Thereby maybe reducing the tension between the two and getting them more close together.

  22. d. Theiss says:

    For him to run for public office would be stupid, and he is not. If he put his name on a ballot, the tell all books from his past liasons would fall like leaves in autumn. The opposition would dig up everyone he ever dated and book publishers would troll the depths for scandal. I can’t see him subjecting himself, his wife, or his family to that. Stupid rumors.