Actor John G. Hertzler has announced that he's going to run against incumbent Republican Tom Reed for NYS' 23rd Congressional District Seat. Hertzler played Klingon General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Hertzler said "I disagree with everything Reed supports, including his unrelenting support of the Trumpster."
Hertzler already has one up on Reed's senpai Trump in that he has political experience. He ran and was elected on the Democratic ticket to the Ulysses Town Board in 2013, and
he was reelected in 2016.
Twist Because It's 2017 Of Course There's a Twist: Hertzler plans to run both as himself and "in the persona of Mark Twain", to present his ideas "through the brilliant humorist for all ages"; as an apparent tribute to Twain himself and actor Hal Holbrook, who's portrayed Twain on stage for years. Twain lived in Elmira.
And you may, or may not, recall in 2016 Hertzler - along with fellow actor James Cromwell - was arrested for protesting plans for gas storage in underground salt caverns around Seneca Lake. (That's them showing off their citations in the photo; Hertzler's on the left.)Source.Source.He's like the third person to announce they're running against Reed and I'm here for anyone wanting to ruin his day.