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Actress Melissa Gilbert Starts Her Campaign To Run For Congress

Actress Melissa Gilbert Starts Her Campaign To Run For Congress

The woman best-known for bringing the scrappy character of Laura Ingalls Wilder to life on NBC’s beloved hit series “Little House on the Prairie” is running for Congress.

Actress Melissa Gilbert tweeted the news yesterday that she is seeking to unseat incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th district:

Gilbert, a Democrat, also announced her campaign on her newly launched website:

“Here in Michigan, I know people are doing their best to make a good life for themselves and their families,” the former Screen Actors Guild president wrote on the site. “When it comes down to it, I think that’s what we all really want.

“I’m running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today’s economy. I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done.”

One person who has already made her emphatic support known is Gilbert’s onscreen nemesis (and real-life friend), actress Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson on “LHOTP.”

Arngrim also couldn’t help throwing a little Nellie action her pal’s way, making reference to Gilbert’s “LHOTP” character’s nickname (“Half-Pint”) and those much-coveted sour balls at Oleson’s Mercantile:




By Sarene Leeds




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