Melissa Gilbert Announces She’s Running For Congress To “Build New Economy For Michigan”
Melissa Gilbert announced on Monday that she’s running for Congress. The actress, who played Laura Ingalls on “Little House On The Prairie” from 1974-1983, is seeking a seat in the House of Representatives for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.
In a statement on her website, Gilbert, who’s been living in Howell, Michigan since 2013, said, “Here in Michigan, I know people are doing their best to make a good life for themselves and their families. When it comes down to it, I think that’s what we all really want.” She further stated, “I’m running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today’s economy. I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done.”
“Please join my campaign, and together we can build that new economy for Michigan,” concluded Gilbert, who has never held public office before. The actress, who’s married to “West Wing” star Timothy Busfield and has two children, is running as a Democrat against Republican Mike Bishop. From 2001-2005, Gilbert was the president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Responding to news of Gilbert throwing her hat into the ring, Rep. Bishop’s spokesman alluded to her owing back taxes of more than $300,000, telling CNN, “Melissa Gilbert can afford to have a stylist and a Louis Vuitton collar for her dog, but cannot pay her taxes. Her Hollywood values are out of whack with the district.”