The Hollywood press was stunned to learn last night that Tom Selleck, who plays police commish Frank Reagan in CBS's hit drama "Blue Bloods," will be running in the Republican primary to earn the nomination to oppose Governor Andrew Cuomo in the election in November.
It is no secret that Selleck's success as Frank Reagan has translated brilliantly on the commercial front. It's Tom's voice you hear in various commercials, including one that asks you "what's team effort worth" and another that sells folks on reverse mortgages. Selleck's political ambitions have been bruited about since last August, when Linda Reagan's sudden elimination from the series caused a flurry of speculation including the possibility that she was involved in an effort to draft Frank Reagan to run for mayor of New York City, a move that would have been widely applauded by the cops and firemen whom Mayor De Blasio has offended.
Nevertheless Frank's decision surprised even old Reagan hands such as Abigail Baker and Garrett Moore. The turning point in Frank's thinking came about as a direct result of Cynthia Nixon's recent announcement that she will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic party nomination. The former "Sex and the City" star is widely presumed to be a surrogate for De Blasi in his ongoing feud with Mr Cuomo..
Ms. Nixon, no relation to Richard Nixon, quipped that if only someone named Kennedy would run for the Republican nomination, there could be a replay of the 1960 presidential election with roles reversed.
According to the Nixon campaign, the effort to normalize the porn industry by depicting call girls as "sex workers" and feminist heroines has been jeopardized by Stormy Daniels as opposed to Bree Daniels as played by Jane Fonda in Klute, which is credited for giving a certain prestige to the oldest profession.at the time when Richard Nixon was in office.
Just as Cynthia Nixon's very name evokes the image of the thirty-seventh president, Frank Reagan's moniker brings to mind the feel good era of Ronald Reagan. This is the argument that won over Selleck. Garrett Moore wonders whether a run for Albany is a smart move for his boss, though he adds, unconvincingly, "I could be wrong."
None of this fazes Selleck, who reports with a characteristic sigh that when he received a call from the Cuomo campaign from someone saying he was calling "for Andrew," Tom told the caller to please wait half a minute. Then, when he returned to the phone, he said, "Sorry, Andrew's not here."
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