Yesterday, May 21, 2014, the libertarian-minded actor Angelina Jolie said she would be open to the idea of running for political office in the future. The thirty-eight year old Jolie was in the middle of promoting her role in Disney's May 30, 2014 release of 'Maleficent' on Good Morning America when George Stephanopoulos asked her about the potential of running for elective office. She said, "If I thought I'd be effective, I would. But I'm not sure if I would ever be taken seriously in that way and be able to be effective."
Besides being an actor, Jolie is active in many social causes around the world. Next month she is scheduled to be in London to co-host a conference regarding sexual violence in military conflict zones. She is also an author, screenwriter, director and is one of Hollywood's highest paid actors. She has also been labeled one of the 25 smartest celebrities in Hollywood.
Jolie also was rumored to wanting to star in a movie adaption of Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' with her fiancé Brad Pitt. It was not to be and the 'Atlas Shrugged' trilogy continued without her or Pitt in 2007 with Part I and Part III is scheduled to debut later this year in American theaters.
"We talked when you were in Washington in 2005 – you spent a day in Washington and I asked you then if you'd ever think about going into politics," said Stephanopoulos. "You said 'No, I've got way too many skeletons'."
"I wonder if by now my skeletons are all out. They're probably all out. I don't know if I have any left," replied Jolie.
The question on everyone's mind this morning is, which party, if any would she run? The Libertarian Party seems the most apt for her publicly known value system; however, she may be more interested in running as an independent. We were not able to find any political contributions she has made, making the determination harder. Although she may not have a track record that would show her as the purest of Libertarians, neither was 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson.
Jolie has been the co-chair of Clinton Global Initiative's Education Partnership for Children of Conflict and has been a regular in Washington, D.C. since 2006 advocating humanitarian interests. She has also be instrumental in obtaining international funding for developing standards for the investigation and prosecution of war rape.
Last year, when the U.S. Supreme Court opined that human genes are not the intellectual property of corporations, Jolie stated during a CNN interview, "I hope that this ruling will lead to more women at risk of breast cancer being able to get access to gene testing and to take control of their lives, not just in the U.S. but around the world — whatever their means and whatever their background." The decision was strongly supported by civil libertarians in the U.S., however it wasn't long before the Obama administration tried to curtail genetic testing by Americans. In 2013, the FDA forced the genetic testing firm 23andMe to end its health-related genetic reports.