Which 80s TV Sidekick Is Hoping to Be Tennessee’s Next Senator?
Another celebrity is set to throw their hat into the political arena and this one's sure to shake things up in the "Volunteer State" of Tennessee.
Former "Empty Nest" star and Greeneville native, Park Overall is set to run for Republican incumbent, Bob Corker's senate seat. And if Overall brings that same Southern sass she had in the role of Dr. Harry Weston's mouthy nurse, Laverne Higby Todd Kane, to her campaign, she may just become Tennessee's first Democratic senator in eighteen years.
Overall's primary focus will be on women's and environmental issues. According to an interview with The Tennessean, an amendment which would regulate women's reproductive rights is what motivated Overall to make a run for it.
“It was the Blunt amendment that put me over the top,” she Overall. “That’s where they were going to decide if they would give me medical care or give me birth control depending on how they morally believed.”
The fifty-five-year-old actress felt compelled to take her civic duty to the next level and seems confident about her chances in her home state, where the political scene has been dominated by Republicans for some time.
“Somebody had to do it and if nobody else will do it, I will do it. I’m a good Democrat and there doesn’t seem to be one around. I’m going for broke, "Overall told her hometown paper, The Greeneville Sun.
If anyone's got a show at ending the Republican reign in Tennessee's two senatorial seats, the wise-cracking Southern nurse from "Empty Nest."