The red and the famous

October 30, 2011|By Georgia Garvey, RedEye

Some might think Hollywood is one vast stretch of liberal-leaning actors, singers and power-brokers. But RedEye turned up a few names of celebs who've supported conservative policies, parties or candidates to add to GOP mainstays such as Stephen Baldwin, Ben Stein—and, of course, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Angie Harmon: The "Rizzoli and Isles" actress talked to talk show host Chelsea Handler last year about being Republican and having gay friends.

Dennis Miller: Last month on his program, the comedian and radio host lent his support to Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: The "View" panelist made an appearance at the Republican National Convention in 2008, according to People magazine, bringing along pro-McCain T-shirts she'd designed.

Gary Sinise: The "Forrest Gump" actor spoke at the 100th birthday celebration of former President Ronald Reagan, and there's also a "Gary Sinise President 2012" Facebook page.

Kelsey Grammer: Grammer, a Republican, recently appeared on Piers Morgan's show and said while he agreed with some Tea Party principles, he believes gay marriage should be legal.

Adam Sandler: USA Today reported the comedian donated to GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in 2008.

Chuck Norris: The karate master wrote a book, "Black Belt Patriotism: How To Reawaken America," in 2008 that outlined his conservative beliefs.

Fred Thompson: The "Law and Order" actor ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, but eventually dropped out.

Vince Vaughn: The "Wedding Crashers" star and Illinois resident recently introduced Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul at a political convention.

LL Cool J: We're not sure how he's voted since, but in 2002, LL Cool J reportedly backed Republican George Pataki for governor.

And for the Chicago voter who thinks GOP politicians are few and far between, here's a look at five of the state's most visible Republican playmakers on in Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Sen. Mark Kirk: Before winning the senate seat in a special election in 2010, Kirk had been a congressman in Illinois' 10th District for a decade.

Rep. Aaron Schock: He represents the 18th District in Congress, he's a snappy dresser and, according to his website, at 30, he's the youngest member of Congress.

Judy Baar Topinka: She's the state comptroller now, but Topinka also ran—unsuccessfully—for governor against Rod Blagojevich, who recently was found guilty on corruption charges.

Rep. Joe Walsh: A Tea Party member, Walsh represents the 8th District in Congress and has recently made headlines after legal disputes with his ex-wife over child custody payments.

Dan Rutherford: Currently the Illinois State Treasurer, he was a state representative for almost a decade and later a state senator until his 2010 election to his present post.

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