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Ricki Lake Passes on Congressional Bid

Former daytime talk show host Ricki Lake will not run for Congress.  

Granted, no one expected her to do so, but she is part of Roll Call’s ongoing experiment to bait as many celebrities as possible to run in the open-seat, west-Los Angeles House race to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif.  

Lake (graciously) responded to Roll Call’s query on Monday night:

Additionally, film director Rob Reiner endorsed Democratic candidate Wendy Greuel on Monday.  

Waxman’s 33rd District encompasses Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, parts of West Hollywood and Malibu. Initially, we expected at least one fun celebrity to jump into the mix. That has yet to happen — but not for lack of trying on our part.  

(For non-absurd coverage of the race, check out our At the Races blog .)  

Here is how the rest of your favorite celebrities stack up:

  • Richard Simmons: No.
  • Lorenzo Lamas: Maybe.
  • TV Producer Chuck Lorre: Maybe.

And there are a handful of celebrities who remain mum regarding their political ambitions. They are Kirstie Alley , Roseanne BarrTempestt BledsoeLeVar BurtonCourteney CoxGeena DavisDanny DeVito , Emilio EstevezCarrie Fisher , Deidre HallJackee HarryBrandi GlanvilleKathy GriffinRob Lowe , Jerry MatthersRyan O’Neal , John Stamos , and Betty White .  

The California filing deadline is March 7.

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