Levi Johnston won’t run for mayor, will focus on book instead

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s son, will not be running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, anytime soon, according to RadarOnline.

The Playgirl model, whose memoir “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs” hits bookstores next month, won’t seek political office because, he says, he would rather not turn something serious into a “joke.”

“He isn’t running,” Johnston’s manager Tank Jones told the site. “Levi doesn’t want the office of the Mayor to be a joke and so he’s not going to do it right now.”

Johnston also needs to bone up on the demands of running a city.

“He’s not going to run right now because there are a lot of issues that he would need to study up on and he thinks that this isn’t the right time for him to be Mayor now,” Jones said.

The 21-year-old is staying occupied and “focusing on his book that is coming out September 20.”

Last summer Johnston announced that he would be running for mayor of Wasilla. His aspiration was short-lived, as a September Public Policy Polling poll found that Johnston was the least popular person in his state.

Earlier this month, Johnston’s sister Mercede appeared in a nude Playboy spread that included nasty commentary about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her family. Mercede claimed to have had issues landing work in Wasilla, and faulted Palin for the difficulty. (MORE: Mercede Johnston: ‘Promiscuous’ Bristol Palin and Levi ‘planned’ pregnancy)

“It’s hard to get a job in this town because of the Palins,” Mercede explained to Playboy. “People say, ‘Oh, Mercede Johnston, I don’t know if people are going to come in if she works here.’”

Bristol Palin’s memoir, which was released in June, claims that Levi was a deadbeat boyfriend who “cheated on [her] about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates.” In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Bristol Palin said she hoped her book would encourage females to escape their unhealthy relationships.

“I hope that other women with, kind of, jerk boyfriends reading the book go ‘you know what? I don’t have to be with this guy,’” Bristol said.