Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Clint Eastwood: Mayor of Carmel

I just wanted to establish this section which will cover Clint's period as Mayor of Carmel. I have large amounts of material for this dedicated area which actually turned out to be an important period of Clint's career. For now though I will just get this section started by opening it with a few items I have close at hand. He won and was Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1986-1988.
Below: An Original Badge from the electoral campaign.
Below: Clint Eastwood goes to the polls as he attempts to become the mayor of Carmel, California, in 1986 (he served one term). Eastwood has traditionally voted Republican, supporting candidates from Richard Nixon to John McCain.
Below: Any minute now Clint Eastwood is going to burst through these doors (probably unshaven and firing from the hip, because that’s the only way you ever see him) to launch his campaign to become mayor of Carmel, California.
The first big question is why a megastar wants to be mayor of a village of 4,700 people having a nice day. He denies wanting to be the second cowboy in the White House.

Below: Clint Eastwood at his first city council meeting as Mayor of Carmel by the sea, May 7, 1986
Below: Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood and first lady Nancy Reagan discuss cues before taping public service announcements at Universal Studios in Universal City, Ca., May 14, 1987.
Contrary to what you might believe, when Mr. Eastwood ran for mayor of the small Californian city Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1986, his campaign and platform was anything but dirty.
Although Clint grew up in San Francisco, he eventually found a home in Carmel. After winning what he deemed an unjust battle with the local government to erect a building in the downtown area that would help the community, Clint decided he'd take a stab at local politics. He ended up winning 72 percent of the vote, a margin that earned him a personal congratulatory call from then President Ronald Reagan. He did this without giving any interviews to the national press, barely any paid advertising, and by staying closely involved with the Carmel community. His campaign slogan was "Bringing the Community Together."
 
Running up to his political career, Clint had been in about 50 movies and almost 216 episodes of the TV show Rawhide. Apparently, Hollywood was too much in his blood to stay away too long: He only stayed one term as mayor before returning to acting full time.
Above: Clint Eastwood stands with Carmel resident and Eastwood-for-Mayor supporter Bruna Odello outside the Mission Ranch Inn. (April 7, 1986). (Getty)
Below: Clint Eastwood proudly holds up a t-shirt proclaiming him as the mayor of Carmel, California, during his acceptance speech on April 9, 1986.
Below: Some nice shots of the Mayor carrying out some local duties and posing for some publicity photos.





Below: The Campaign Scrapbook: Volume 1, Number 1; 1986, I was pleased to have grabbed one of these at the time, I was also lucky enough to obtain the second edition (image to follow).


Below: More badges from my collection







Above: A rare poster that sometimes appears on the auction market, the small print on the bottom states 'Not for sale, Limited Edition, Dennis DeSilva Studio 7 1986' The poster size is 16"x12" 

Below: The Carmel Pine Cone, April 10th 1986, Feature on Clint becoming Mayor of Carmel.


Below: While on Clint's political page, here is a more recent picture of Clint with Chris Mitchum (son of Robert). Robert Mitchum's brother John of course starred in several of Clint's films, most famously as his partner Frank in the first three Dirty Harry films.




1 comment:

XZYOE said...

Heh, CLint Eastwood kissing babies.

Can you imagine Dirty Harry kissing babies?