Here’s an unusual bid to spur the youth vote: a letter to Lindsay Lohan from gregarious local Independence Party activist Frank Morano, who holds a day job as a producer on the Curtis and Kuby radio show.
Morano, who is in his twenties, appeals to Lohan as a “role model” who should “seriously consider entering the political arena.” He suggests that she make a bid for public advocate as her debut.
He’s serious, as far as I can tell.
December 27th, 2006
Dear Ms. Lohan:
I’ve quite simply been in awe of not only your talents as an actress, singer and model, but your remarkable ability to handle the constant media scrutiny that you’ve been subject to, even when it clearly crosses the line of what’s appropriate. As you probably know, you’re a role model to hundreds of thousands of young Americans, particularly young women all over the country. As someone in his twenties, I can’t praise you enough for using this position to raise awareness on so many issues affecting young people, like substance abuse and the importance of a good work ethic.
There are so few public figures that have captivated the hearts and minds of so many Americans as you have. It’s for these reasons, that I’d really like you to seriously consider entering the political arena. I’m currently the Producer of a radio talk show, but have a tremendous interest in motivating young people towards the political process. Here in NY, I’m very involved in politics and serve on the Executive Committee of The New York Independence Party. I don’t know how familiar you are with the Independence Party’s beliefs, etc. but we are a non ideological party, primarily concerned with voter empowerment and greater democratic participation. I’ve been exposed to candidates and elected officials at virtually every level in New York and have been tremendously disappointed in the lack of vision, imagination, creativity and virtue in the vast majority of politicians. I think that this has been a major factor in causing young people to be disenfranchised with politics, which in the long run only serves to undermine our future and the future of our country. You are exactly the kind of person that could motivate young people to be involved in politics and take a greater interest in their community. If you were to run for office in New York, it would cause a groundswell of optimism about the future and army of grassroots activists not seen since Robert Kennedy.
It’s absolutely critical that people in their late teens and twenties stop this disturbing trend of taking no part in shaping the policies and future of our state and country. There is quite simply no native New Yorker (and very likely no one in the whole country) that has the potential to galvanize voter interest to the extent that you do. I can’t tell you how gratified I was to learn that part of the reason you decided to do the film, “Bobby” was to get young people engaged in politics. At the time you said that it was important to bring awareness of a great leader. In these trying times you couldn’t be more correct. And in the 21st century, I think that you have the potential to be the great leader. I realize too, that any run for public office would require a fairly big sacrifice on your part, both in time and further media scrutiny. Sometimes though, there are things important enough to merit that kind of sacrifice and I think the generation of Young people waiting to be inspired by you would hope that it is.
It would seem to me that an office that would be a natural fit for your candidacy would be New York City Public Advocate. It’s an office that has a pretty broad and undefined statutory role and is almost completely defined by the person occupying it. Someone with your core belief system, larger than life personality and gift for dealing with the public could use the Bully Pulpit of this office top help millions of New Yorkers. There are a number of other offices, which might be a natural fit for you though. As Albany is currently a cesspool of corruption, badly in need of reform, you may also want to consider a bid for the state legislature. Many celebrities have made the transition from Hollywood to politics, ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura to Sonny Bono and Ronald Regan. Few if any though, had the enormous potential that you posses.
I have a number of other ideas on how you might best influence the political process and get more young people involved. I’d very much like the opportunity to speak with you or your representatives further about this either in person or by phone. I’m tremendously excited about the prospect of a Lohan candidacy.
I hope you will be too.
Thanks very much,
NYS Independence Party