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Real World alum running for Congress

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 16th 2008 7:06PM
Kevin PowellI usually associate Real World cast members with drunken barfights, threeways, and tearful meltdowns--but politics? That's a first. Kevin Powell, former Real World reality star, is running for Congress in Brooklyn's 10th District. Old-timers like myself remember Kevin from the show's very first season, back when the cast members weren't equal parts hot and crazy.

Powell's post-reality career has set him apart from the typical fame-seeking MTV celebs. According to his campaign website, he's written seven books and is a successful lecturer and activist. That certainly beats stints on The Surreal Life and the Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

Kevin Powell has a lot of famous people in his corner, from Chris Rock, who appeared at a Powell fundraiser, to Gloria Steinem, who sings Powell's praises on the campaign site. On the down side, ABC News interviewed one political analyst who believes that Kevin's lack of public service experience could work against him. The analyst added that Powell's opponent is a long-time incumbent with a well-funded and highly-organized campaign. Plus, there's that whole candlestick incident in Kevin's past (ha!).

Will this former reality TV personality be the next celebrity-turned-politician?

[via Pop Candy]

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Shel

That's great for Kevin. I'm an "old timer" that remembers Kevin from the 1st season of The Real World. Over the years I've seen him writing and on tv specials being interviewed about politics, race, etc. So I'm not surprised to see him going into politics.

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July 21 2008 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

I think he mentioned this when he attended the Real World Awards a couple of months ago, but it is good to see him doing it. I remember him from the cast as well, and he had such strong views. He wasn't afraid to share them either.

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July 17 2008 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

He is a rarity for the Real World, he actually did something positive IMO, with his 15 mins.

July 16 2008 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joyce N.

He argued with a cast member and told her that blacks cannot be racists. He will not get my vote.

July 16 2008 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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