Law & Order Star Diane Neal Is Running For Congress

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Diane Neal is running for Congress.

The 41-year-old actress has indicated her interest in running for a seat, and we suspect one of her movie roles might have something to do with it.

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Diane Neal’s interesting choice of movie roles

Since bursting on to the movie scene in 2001, Diane Neal has had a successful acting career.

She is best known for playing the young (yet focused) Senior Assistant District Attorney, Casey Novak, in the Law & Order TV series. She played that role from the 5th to 9th season of the show, before leaving and then returning for the 12th and 13th seasons.

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She also starred in the Suits from 2012 to 2014 as a recurring character, Allison Holt.

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With her penchant for portraying attorneys and federal operatives, it’s not surprising that she wants to serve real people.

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Diane Neal is running for Congress

Diane Neal announced yesterday that she would be running for Congress, launching an independent bid for New York’s 19th Congressional District Seat.

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In her words (via Twitter),

In an interview with the Daily Freeman, she described her politics saying:

I’m a little Libertarian, I’m a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do.

Diane Neal’s bid follows in the footsteps of many actors who have run for a political office.

Other actors in politics

While Ronald Reagan is the only actor who made his way to the White House, quite a couple actors have made the shift from acting to politics.

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Take, for example, Clint Eastwood who is popular for his roles as Harry in the Dirty Harry movies and the lone gunslinger in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. He has served as mayor of Carmel-by-The-Sea, California and as a member of the California State Park and Recreation Commission.

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And who can forget Arnold Schwarzenegger who took a break from blowing up bad guys on screen as the undying weapon of mass destruction called the Terminator to serve as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

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Overall, actors have done a pretty decent job while in office, and we think Diane Neal will do no less. She has a tough run ahead of her and is currently 3,500 signatures short of a spot in the November ballot; however, if the Terminator could do it, so can she.

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