Actor Val Kilmer, a.k.a Doc Holiday, is considering running for New Mexico governor in 2010, when Gov. Bill Richardson (D) will be forced from office by term limits, the AP reports. Said Kilmer: “I’m just looking for ways to be contributive. And if that ends up being where I can make a substantial contribution, then I’ll run.” h/t Political Wire
Another report from The New Mexico Independent:
“If I run, I’m going to be the next governor,” he was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.
Kilmer said he hasn’t decided whether to run. If he does, he said, he’ll benefit from being an actor because people will want to meet him. But, the news service’s Deborah Baker quoted Kilmer as saying he isn’t thinking about running because of his fame.
“I’m just looking for ways to be contributive,” the news service quoted him as saying, “and if that ends up being where I can make a substantial contribution, then I’ll run.”
Kilmer said he’s not a politician and isn’t “going to try to become one,” adding that he has “no interest in being governor of New Mexico for… fame and power.”
Kilmer lives near Pecos, New Mexico. I believe he still lives on his 17,000 acre ranch.