Anti-Gay Ex-SNL Cast Member Gets Trounced in Local Election
The worlds of entertainment, gay rights and local politics scored a minor victory Thursday when former "Saturday Night Live" cast member turned Tea Party activist Victoria Jackson was trounced in her bid to win a seat on the Williamson County Commission in Tennessee.
According to the Tennessean, the washed up comedienne was a far distant third, receiving only 632 votes, losing out to Judy Lynch Herbert, with 1,422 votes, and Betsy Hester, with 1,380 votes. There were also nine write-in votes. The County Commission has 12 districts with two commissioners in each district.
According to Raw Story, Jackson had this to say on her blog about the race.
I do portray a 'ditz' extremely well and have been paid well for that...gift. My persona could be a stumbling block," she wrote. "My voice. The bow. I've only actually lived here 17 months, and my opponents are long-time residents.
A born again Christian and self-styled Tea Party activist, Jackson has been public about her conservative and anti-gay views since falling into career obscurity in the mid 2000's. In 2011, the washed up performer wrote an opinion piece published by über conservative "news" source World Net Daily in which she took aim at TV's "Glee" over a subplot involving gay characters.
"Did you see 'Glee' this week? Sickening! And, besides shoving the gay thing down our throats, they made a mockery of Christians - again!" Jackson ranted. "I wonder what their agenda is? Hey, producers of 'Glee' - what's your agenda? One-way tolerance?"
Jackson first came to national prominence as a comedian with numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." She was a member of the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" from 1986 to 1992, during which she performed minor roles in numerous films including "Baby Boom" and "The Pick Up Artist." Her career highpoint after falling into obscurity in the mid 2000's was a stint on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club."