Ken Wahl was a television star, starring alongside Paul Newman, and is married to a Playboy centerfold.
And he is thinking about a run for Congress.
“I’m still mulling it over,” Wahl told The Daily Caller in a phone interview.
The star of the 1990s television series “Wiseguy,” Wahl, in his words, “virtually fell off the face of the earth” in 1992, when he fractured vertebrae in his neck in an accident that left him disabled but able to walk.
But he recently resurfaced on Twitter, where he has found a medium to express his opinions, which are not of the liberal variety usually found in Hollywood.
“I don’t like to have labels or to be pigeonholed into certain areas, but I guess you could say I’ve always been conservative,” he said.
In fact, the genesis of his Twitter presence, he said, was when he saw House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s comment about the Affordable Care Act that “We have to pass this bill so you can find out what is in it.”
“I was so enraged by that, I thought, ‘Good God, that’s your job! Your job is to read bills and then debate them and vote on them,’” Wahl said. “What made it even worse is that the media did not get on her about that; they completely let her slide on that.”
Wahl decided he had to say something, so he started tweeting.
He said he remembered thinking, “I don’t know if anybody’s gonna remember me. I don’t know if anybody’s gonna care.”
As it turned out, people did, and in a big way. Wahl “started getting messages back from people saying, ‘You should run for Congress, you should run for this, you should run for that.’”
“I was very flattered and surprised by that, so I thought, well, if enough people want me to do that, then I’ll think about it,” he said.
“I was really, really surprised by that,” he emphasized.
If he does run, he will either challenge Rep. Henry Waxman, who represents California’s 33rd District, where Wahl owns an apartment, or he will run against Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District, where he lives most of the time.
He will run as an independent, though he admits he is “definitely right-leaning.”
“I very much have disdain for the political parties and the political process,” he said, calling it “corrupt and it’s all based on money.”
“Whoever has the most money wins,” he says.
“When you consider both Obama and Romney spent a billion dollars each on their presidential campaign, to me that is atrocious,” Wahl went on. “To think what good that money could have done elsewhere than to make a bunch of 30-second commercials.”
Any campaign of his, he said, would not be funded with taxpayer money.
“I don’t want their money. I really don’t. I’m really taking a stand about that. I’m not naïve. I realize if I was actually to mount a campaign, that there would be some money needed,” he said.
“I know you’ve got to get out and talk to people, and we’d at least need gas money to get there, so if someone wants to lend me $20 or $30 for gas, I might take that,” he said.
But, he said, he definitely would not be doing “big campaign fundraisers.”
Since talk of a potential congressional bid began, people have already begun offering him money on Twitter, and he has been turning them down.
“Give that money that you were gonna give to me, give to either pet shelters, pet rescue and veterans disability groups. Give that money to them. Give it to charity. Don’t give it to me,” Wahl says.