The action star has close ties with controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
His Honor Steven Seagal?
The Under Siege actor, 61, has publicly stated that he “would remotely” consider a run for Arizona governor that could turn him from action star to political action committee star.
“It was kind of a joke, but I suppose I would remotely consider it,” the mysterious martial arts expert told Phoenix news station ABC15.
Seagal made the remarks while promoting his Reelz Channel reality series, Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County.
On the series, Seagal teams up with controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose policies and views regarding racial profiling have made him a flashpoint in immigration law.
“I think it’s open borders,” Seagal responded, when asked to name the No. 1 problem facing Arizona. “I think that across these borders any kind of terrorism can come, and does come.”
He also defended his costar, the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” telling ABC15, “Is Joe Arpaio a racist? No, he’s not. And I’m not going to say I don’t think he’s not, he’s not.”
Seagal is a member of Arpaio’s “posse,” made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians, according to The Huffington Post.
As for actors who have been governors, the precedents were set in California, with Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.