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A Republican on the Red Carpet (GREAT interview of John O'Hurley of Seinfeld!)
California Patriot ^ | May, 2005 | Andrew R. Quinio

Posted on 12/22/2005 3:21:22 PM PST by HighWheeler

Many know him from “Seinfeld” as the oddball catalogue publisher whose gibberish and affection for The English Patient added stress to Elaine Benice’s life. Unbeknownst to many, J. Peterman has left the jungles of Burma to support the Republican Party. John O’Hurley, the actor who played the television character, is an open conservative whose views have been known among his colleagues throughout his acting career.

O’Hurley addressed students at the 2005 College Republican Convention in Sacramento last month, evoking the eloquent and eccentric humor many know him for. With self-deprecation for both himself and his “Seinfeld” character, O’Hurley filled the Sacramento Convention Center with uproarious laughter, claiming to be responsible for canceled shows and calling Peterman a lunatic. Amid the hilarity was the seriousness of issues pressing the state of California, which O’Hurley highlighted in his address.

Education reform was a main concern for the actor. O’Hurley spoke about his high school years, during which an exceptional English teacher encouraged him to try out for the school play. That marked the beginning of an enjoyable and fruitful career. According to O’Hurley, teachers who encourage their students to express their potential to the fullest are examples of “education working correctly.” On the other hand, O’Hurley added, a teacher who spends most of his time bashing Bush is an example of “education working incorrectly.”

As far as the rest of California politics is concerned, the “Seinfeld” castmember remarked, “In Great Britain, it’s the cows that are crazy. In California, it’s us.”

The Patriot caught up with John O’Hurley for an interview. Sipping wine from a plastic cup and clutching a book by former Congressman Jim Rogan, ‘Peterman’ responded to our questions with the usual eloquence and comedy on the side:

Patriot: What hope do you have for conservative filmmakers who are trying to counter Michael Moore’s use of a popular medium to get their message out? O’Hurley: There were answers to Michael Moore’s films like Voices in Iraq, but see it’s an opposite thing. With Moore’s films, people whine without offering solutions; it’s not in conservatives’ minds to just complain. We offer solutions, so it doesn’t lend itself to that sort of filmmaking.

P: Without getting any of your former co-stars in trouble, can you tell us of any colleagues of yours who gave you a hard time for being a Republican? O: Oh, my best man, who I won’t name, is extremely well-known as an actor, is as staunch a Democrat as I am a Republican, and as I said he brings up all the complaints and none of the answers.

P: Is it suicide for an actor’s career in Hollywood if he or she mentions conservative political affiliation? O: No, I think Hollywood is struggling for its own survival and anyone that could attempt to black-ball people must be in a very strong position. These people change jobs every two years.

P: Rob Reiner announced his candidacy for governor against Arnold in ’06. What are your thoughts? O: I know Rob Reiner to really be all about the delivery and politics doesn’t belong there, just like on a college campus. I think it is a non sequitur. I don’t think he has the potential clout he said he has.

P: You advised students not to follow any of Peterman’s actions or sayings, but there have to be some Republican values in him. He nearly fired Elaine for having traces of opium in her system. O: She also got fired because she didn’t like The English Patient …

P: Would you consider doing a show with a political theme? O: Oh, absolutely. I’d do a series of “The West Wing.”

P: It seems like the prominent Hollywood Republicans are more eloquent and articulate than many of their acting peers. People like Charlton Heston, Kelsey Grammer, and yourself speak very well and are all Republican. Coincidence? O: Well, just to be lumped in that category, I’ll try not to make gurgling noises. I think there is a sense, sort of like the mom-and-dad thing. The mom wants to feed everyone and the dad says, “How are we going to pay for it?” And maybe because we need to know all the facts we become more eloquent.

P: What is your favorite “Seinfeld” episode? O: “The Wedding Cake,” when Elaine took my 45-year-old wedding-cake slice and replaced it with a $2 Entenmann’s. I just thought it was the best show with the filming and characters. I also liked the “Frogger Game” episode.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; US: California
KEYWORDS: hollywoodright; ohurley; seinfeld
This guy would make a great FReeper! JOHN'S also a huge supporter of Epilepsy research because his sister passed on due to Epilepsy.


1 posted on 12/22/2005 3:21:23 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler

Wow, O'Hurley is a Republican? Doesn't he do those commercials for Progressive Insurance Co., a big contributor to democRATs and RAT causes?


2 posted on 12/22/2005 3:23:29 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: HighWheeler

I'm surprised the story didn't mention his more recent popularity for "Dancing with the Stars." Not to mention some fairly hilarious hotel commercials.


3 posted on 12/22/2005 3:24:01 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: HighWheeler

Thanks for posting... I didn't know he was a Republican!


4 posted on 12/22/2005 3:24:44 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: nutmeg
Doesn't he do those commercials for Progressive Insurance Co...

Yes he does.

5 posted on 12/22/2005 3:24:59 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Those Who Want to Impeach President Bush Are the Party of Treason.)
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To: HighWheeler

Very attractive man.


6 posted on 12/22/2005 3:25:14 PM PST by Nea Wood (A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children. Proverbs 13:22)
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To: HighWheeler
...is an open conservative...

He is out of the Conservative Closet?
7 posted on 12/22/2005 3:26:10 PM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: mwyounce

I didn't either. I just now stumbled on it while Cruzin the Internet, and was as surprised as any FReeper would be.


8 posted on 12/22/2005 3:26:34 PM PST by HighWheeler (RATS hero is an impeached, dis-barred, lying, perjuring, cheating, lazy, cowardly sexual predator)
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To: HighWheeler

Good article, though I think the "title police" will be after ya!


9 posted on 12/22/2005 3:30:51 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: HighWheeler

I love him even more now . . .


10 posted on 12/22/2005 3:31:27 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: nutmeg
Mr. Peterman: Elaine, up until a few minutes ago, I was convinced I was on the receiving end of the oldest baker's grift in the books - The Entemann's Shim Sham. Until I remembered my security camera, which I installed to catch other Walter using my latrine.

Elaine: But, Mr. Peterman, I...

Mr. Peterman: Elaine, I have a question for you - is the item still with you?

Elaine: I guess so...

Mr. Peterman: Elaine, do you have any idea what happens to a butter-based frosting after sitting 60 years in a poorly ventilated English basement? I have a feeling that what you are about to go through is punishment enough. Dismissed.

11 posted on 12/22/2005 3:31:39 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: msnimje

"According to O’Hurley, teachers who encourage their students to express their potential to the fullest are examples of “education working correctly.” On the other hand, O’Hurley added, a teacher who spends most of his time bashing Bush is an example of “education working incorrectly."


This is as good as any post on FReeRepublic.


12 posted on 12/22/2005 3:31:48 PM PST by HighWheeler (RATS hero is an impeached, dis-barred, lying, perjuring, cheating, lazy, cowardly sexual predator)
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To: GLDNGUN

LOL! Republican or not, O'Hurley is one of my fave TV actors. Glad to hear he's on our side, though. ;-)


13 posted on 12/22/2005 3:40:12 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: HighWheeler

I'm pleasantly surprised that he's a conservative.


14 posted on 12/22/2005 3:40:54 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: HighWheeler

He is a conservative who likes a good catfight now and then.


15 posted on 12/22/2005 3:40:54 PM PST by fizziwig
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To: HighWheeler

He's a smooth talking character. Who else could've convinced me to purchase one of those Urban Sombreros?


16 posted on 12/22/2005 3:44:41 PM PST by Shqipo (Merry Christmas to all.)
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To: Shqipo

"He treats me like the sultan of Uum Papa Mau Mau!"

"They miniaturize an entire bar just for me!"

"FANTASTIC! They know I like to sleep BETWEEN the sheets!"


17 posted on 12/22/2005 3:50:18 PM PST by HighWheeler (RATS hero is an impeached, dis-barred, lying, perjuring, cheating, lazy, cowardly sexual predator)
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To: Shqipo

Was your professional career ruined?


18 posted on 12/22/2005 3:52:48 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: HighWheeler

This is what we like to call "Carrer Suicide"

Hope he has a back-up plan.


19 posted on 12/22/2005 4:13:24 PM PST by WatchYourself
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To: JennysCool
I missed the hotel commercials.

Which hotel? I'd like to know more.

20 posted on 12/22/2005 4:25:42 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: Mr. Lucky
>>Was your professional career ruined?

--No, I'm an architect. I did the expansion on the Guggenheim.
21 posted on 12/22/2005 4:36:10 PM PST by Shqipo (Merry Christmas to all.)
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To: Shqipo

Myself, I'm a marine biologist.


22 posted on 12/22/2005 4:44:37 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: HighWheeler

O'Hurley went to college in Rhode island (Providence College - Go Friars!).

Could he be coaxed into running against either of the lame brains representing RI in the U.S. Senate?


23 posted on 12/22/2005 4:58:10 PM PST by NutmegDevil
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To: HighWheeler
"They miniaturize an entire bar just for me!"

That's my favorite line. I chuckle EVERY time I hear that... his delivery is perfect.

24 posted on 12/22/2005 5:45:35 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: perfect stranger

Wish I DID know more! His website says he's pitched for some 16 different businesses!


25 posted on 12/23/2005 12:02:02 AM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: HighWheeler

John O’Hurley was a perfect fit in one of the greatest (THE greatest?) sitcoms ever made. His "J. Peterman" was a classic character who we will be seeing regularly in reruns for the next 30 years, at least. John does funny commercials these days, too.

It's good to see a star actor be so candid and proud about his conservative political orientation. Very refreshing.


26 posted on 12/23/2005 12:11:28 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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