Tommy Lee Jones for Senate: Congressman Gene Green Says Why the Hell Not?

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Geoff Berg, host of KPFT's Partisan Gridlock show, is leading the improbable battle to draft Tommy Lee Jones as a Democratic candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

They've got a Facebook page and everything, including a petition with an open letter to the actor:

Let's face it: Texas needs new representation in Washington. Not many people graduated cum laude from Harvard after attending on a scholarship, few can make it in the movies and few of us have what it takes to work a west Texas cattle ranch. We admire what you've done and now ask that you do something for us.

Today Congressman Gene Green didn't quite climb on the bandwagon, but he didn't laugh at the idea either.

"I think he'd be great...I think his name ID would go a long way," Green told Berg on the show.

As for qualifications, beyond a Harvard degree and being pals with Al Gore, they seemed to be name ID, which Green kept mentioning. "I don't think there's any doubt it's worth exploring," he said.

Jones has not given any indication he's itching to become a senator as opposed to working his ranch and horses in San Saba and taking the occasional acting gig.

But it would be a whole lot more entertaining than watching another generic Democrat get his or her ass whipped.

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