WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 – It is bad enough that Madonna and Ashley Judd and Katie Perry, or even Leonardo DiCapro, have all inserted themselves into American politics. Now actor, and former WWW Wrestler Dwayne The Rock Johnson is testing the political waters and The Rock has been officially filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The actor has hinted at a presidential run several times and now the committee, called “Run the Rock 2020,” was filed on the “Moana” actor’s behalf on Sunday. The first “twittering” about a Rock candidacy was in May when in an interview with GQ the writer wrote:
Johnson doesn’t hesitate when I ask him whether he honestly might one day give up his life as the highest-paid movie star on earth to run for president. “I think that it’s a real possibility.”
At the time, he said of President Donald Trump, “I’d like to see a better leadership. I’d like to see a greater leadership.”
On the season’s finale ofJohnson joked that he and Tom Hanks were running on a joint ticket stating that he might one day give up his life as the highest-paid movie star on earth to run for president. “I think that it’s a real possibility,” the actor said.
A West Virginia freelance writer named Kenton Tilford is behind the organization. The campaign committee describes the organization as “a grassroots movement to send the People’s Champion to the White House in 2020. #MakeAmericaRockAgain.”
Tilford told CBS News in an e-mail:
“I don’t have any relationship with Dwayne Johnson. The amazing enthusiasm and energy on the ground for Mr. Johnson prompted me to create the organization. The hope is that Mr. Johnson will see how much America desires the real leadership only he can provide and jumps in the race.”
Johnson is registered as an Independent, so if he does in fact run for President, he might do so as a third-party candidate, particularly if the Democratic Party is still in disarray. Or he might really surprise people and run as Republican.