Scrambling for Relevance, Steve Bullock Enlists 'Hanoi Jane'

Former celeb Jane Fonda to host fundraiser for Montana governor

June 19, 2019

Gov. Steve Bullock (D., Mont.) was one of the last random white dudes to announce their candidacy for president in the 2020 Democratic primary. He didn't even make the cut for the first round of debates next week in Miami, and he's struggling to stay relevant, or to at least pull even with Beto O'Rourke, an aspiration that is becoming less significant with each passing day.

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Bullock is doing what most Democratic candidates do when their campaigns desperately need an injection of cash and/or cachet: He's going to Hollywood. The governor will be in Los Angeles later this week to attend a fundraiser hosted by "Hanoi Jane" Fonda, the former celebrity actress best known for gallivanting with enemy troops during the Vietnam War, who recently said she was no longer "proud" of America following the election of Donald J. Trump.

The Associated Press reports:

The Academy Award-winning actress, activist and fitness guru is among a handful of Los Angeles agents, producers and lawyers hosting the event at the home of model and professional golfer Anna Chervin and her talent-agent husband, Ted, according to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press.

Bullock, a cowboy-boot-wearing executive from a rural state won by President Donald Trump, may seem like an unusual benefactor of campaign cash from members of the Hollywood elite often associated with far-left causes. But his success enacting some progressive priorities such as expanding Medicaid, combined with his distinction as the only White House contender to get reelected at the same time his state broke for Trump, has led some donors to take a closer look.

Bullock has received financial backing from other Hollywood celebs, including Jeff Bridges, the Academy Award-winning actor best known for his role as Dr. Mark Powell in K-PAX.