Melrose Place star and Clavin Klein model Antonio Sabato Jr to run for Congress
Tuesday - 09/05/2017 12:07
FORMER Calvin Klein model and Melrose Place star, Antonio Sabato Jr, has announced he will run as a Republican for US Congress.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the actor/model, 45, has filed paperwork with federal regulators to begin raising money for the contest in the 26th Congressional District, northwest of Los Angeles.
Sabato Jr, who has spoken out before in support of US President Donald Trump, is set to pitch his run as that of a Washington outsider. He wants to focus on the needs of veterans and substance abuse.
He will be looking to unseat Julia Brownley, 64, who has represented the southern central coast and a large portion of Ventura County since 2013. Her last victory in the 2016 election was by a margin of 20 points.
Republican strategist Charles Moran confirmed Sabato Jr’s run, saying he will serve as the actor’s fundraiser.
“Being a Republican and with proximity to the White House and Republican leadership, he’s going to be able to get more done — being in the majority, with his notoriety, for the residents of the 26th [Congressional] District,” Mr Moran said.
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Sabato Jr has said that Hollywood has shut its doors to him giving his political views.
The actor’s views have caused controversy before, including the time he falsely claimed that former US President Barack Obama was a Muslim.
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Sabato Jr is most well-known for his acting roles to include General Hospital as Jagger Cates and Melrose Place as Jack Parezi, and his commercial campaign as a model for Calvin Klein underwear.
He has three children, including one with Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen.