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‘Little House on the Prairie’ actress Melissa Gilbert announces run for Congress

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In a congressional run that seems reminiscent of fellow celebrity Clay Aiken’s last election cycle, actress Melissa Gilbert announced Monday that she will run for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District.

Gilbert, a Democrat, is best known for her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder on NBC’s Little House on the Prairie in the 1970s and 1980s.

She is running in a primarily Republican district. U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop won the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers last year, beating out Democrat Eric Schertzing, 54 percent-42 percent, the Detroit Free Press reported. And Mitt Romney took 51 percent of the district in 2012.

However, President Barack Obama won the district 52 percent  to 46 percent in 2008.

Gilbert moved to the district from California two years ago, the Free Press reported.

Gilbert has no political experience, but did serve as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.

Her lack of actual experience hasn’t prevented her from speaking out on liberal positions though.

Gilbert is anti-gun rights and made headlines in 2013 when she blamed the National Rifle Association for all shootings in the U.S.

She has also made headlines for her personal finances. In June, IRS filed a lien against Gilbert, alleging she owes more than $360,000 in back taxes. But that fact hasn’t stopped her from running on an economic platform.

“I’m running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today’s economy,” Gilbert said in a statement released on her website, “I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done.”


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