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Val Kilmer ponders run for New Mexico governor

February 07, 2009|Associated Press

Holy hornet's nest, Batman! The New Mexico governor's mansion?

Fresh from the inauguration, actor Val Kilmer is pondering running for governor in 2010, when two-term Democrat Bill Richardson will be forced from office by term limits.

"I'm just looking for ways to be contributive," Kilmer said in an interview. "And if that ends up being where I can make a substantial contribution, then I'll run."

Kilmer, 49, grew up in Los Angeles but has called New Mexico home for more than two decades. A Kilmer candidacy could throw a monkey wrench into the well-oiled Democratic machine of Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who's already running for the job.

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