Kim Kardashian aims at local politics

Glendale is 'like Armenian town,' reality TV personality says.

April 17, 2012|By Jason Wells,

Kim Kardashian apparently wants more than just a regular table at the Carousel restaurant in Glendale.

In an online clip for an upcoming episode for her sister’s show, “Khloe & Lamar,” Kardashian revealed her newfound political ambitions: “I decided I’m going to run for the mayor of Glendale.”

Representatives for the reality TV star did not immediately respond to requests for comment on her latest musings, published Tuesday by


In the clip, Kardashian tells sister Khloe that her candidacy would be a perfect fit, given that Glendale is “like Armenian town.”

Problem: Glendale does not elect its mayor. The largely ceremonial post is decided among the five City Council members on an annual basis — an indication that the Kardashian famous for her curves, pop drama and occasional visit to Carousel, on Brand Boulevard, may need to brush up on the city she says she wants to represent.

“It’s going to require a little bit of homework and not simply relying on a perceived base of support,” said the city’s elected clerk, Ardy Kassakhian, who runs municipal elections.

Public reaction on Twitter was swift and harsh on Tuesday. “Kim Kardashian is planning on running for Mayor … I don't have a joke for this, mostly because this is a joke in itself,” @TheNickyParis declared.

Councilman Ara Najarian, though, offered Kardashian the role of “honorary chief of staff” to assist with her education on all things Glendale, from funding for public services to business and residential issues.

“You don’t just drop into this job, you need to do a little research and acclimatization,” said Najarian, who also serves as a board director for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

A great place to start, he added, would be to attend the upcoming Armenian genocide commemoration on April 24 at the Alex Theatre, which Najarian said would “reinforce her Armenian heritage.”

Her attendance, he added, “would make a great impact on the city.”

“It’s a time when I think all Armenians need to pause and reflect on the past,” Najarian said. “It just so happens that it’s appropriate timing” on her part.

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