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August 14, 2009

MAYOR BRAD PITT OF NEW ORLEANS?

MSNBC - Brad Pitt hasn't thrown his hat in the ring to be mayor of his adopted hometown, New Orleans. Others have done that for him, launching a grassroots campaign complete with nifty T-shirts touting "Brad Pitt for Mayor." But he's more than willing to serve, the actor told Today's Ann Curry with a self-deprecating laugh. "If chosen, would you run?" Curry asked in the prerecorded interview that ran Thursday. "Yeah," Pitt said. "Would you serve?" "Yeah. I'm running on the gay marriage, no religion, legalization and taxation of marijuana platform," he joked. . . "I don't have a chance," Pitt predicted. . . Birth of a notion The Brad Pitt for Mayor movement began as a whim by Tulane art history professor Thomas Bayer, who posted a tongue-in-cheek list of 13 reasons Pitt should be the city's next mayor. Reason No. 2 is as thanks for what he's done for the city. The next reason is: "If we elect Brad Pitt mayor, Angelina Jolie would be the First Lady of New Orleans." Reason No. 12 is: "Instead of having to sue for the release of public records, or to attempt to restore accidentally deleted emails, we can learn everything about our first executive from the pages of the National Enquirer and People Magazine."

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