Harley Brown, the crazy-as-a-fox candidate who stunned a global television audience with his antics during May's Idaho Republican gubernatorial debate, may well become Idaho's own Honey Boo Boo. He's about to be a reality TV star--and we mean that with all the sincerity it warrants.
"We politicians crave publicity like an alcoholic craves his next drink," Brown told Boise Weekly. "This is essentially giving me my own liquor store."
Brown has just inked an exclusive talent agreement with Los Angeles-based Mad Jack Entertainment--producers of A&E's Intervention and MSNBC's Chained to My Ex--to star in his own reality show. But running for governor of Idaho is small potatoes. Brown has his eye on the White House.
"All of the offices I've run for over the years--governor, senator, congressman--that was only foreplay to my ultimate destiny to be president of the United States," the 60-year-old Brown told BW.
According to emails between Brown and Mad Jack CEO Sam Mettler, a team of lawyers and accountants in California and Idaho has already begun the necessary paperwork for the Federal Election Commission to formally launch Brown's presidential campaign. Filming for the reality show is set to begin this fall.
"He told me to get my campaign staff ready," said Brown. "And then Sam will get going and sell it to a network."
And Brown has a particular formula he uses in recruiting his campaign team: He calls it "SWAG."
"SWAG is my 'scientific wild-ass guess' as to how big my staff should be," he said. "But for now, I've hired my campaign manager Kelly Bartholomew. He's a biker, a bouncer and good friend of mine. I also really want to hire somebody to help get the money. I figure that the TV show will relieve a lot of my advertising expense so I should be able to pull this off for about $10 million. So, my fundraising führer is a damn important position."
Brown said raising funds shouldn't be overly difficult, given his celebrity status from the gubernatorial debate, which was fodder for every late night TV comic in the nation.
"I was on Interstate 5, out in the California desert, and it was 3 in the morning and I stopped for gas. Then, the attendant shouts, 'I know you. You were the funny guy on TV. Let me take a picture with you.' I'm F-squared--a famous fellow."