Kevin Federline is contemplating a run for office, say sources close to the aspiring performer, best known for his role as the husband of Britney Spears. 'K-Fed,' who often blasts California liberals in private, is now looking to take that criticism public and may challenge democratic representative Henry A. Waxman in next fall's congressional election. First step on the campaign trail: a new clean-cut, more professional look.
A private critic of the democratic establishment goes public
MALIBU, CA—When aspiring performer Kevin Federline was looking for a title for his forthcoming rap album, the artist, known to millions of fans as 'K-Fed' chose "Playing with Fire" to indicate that he's not afraid of a little controversy. Now the former dancer and husband to chanteuse Britney Spears is about to take on the most controversial challenge of his life: against Henry A. Waxman, long-time democratic representative from California's ultra-liberal 30th congressional district.
K-Fed fed up, say sources
Sources close to Mr. Federline say that he has long been a private critic of California's democratic establishment, including Representative Waxman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But that may be about to change. Earlier this spring Mr. Federline agreed to appear in 'Item,' a magazine aimed primarily at 18-49 year-olds in the southwestern US, including tens of thousands of potential voters in such traditionally liberal enclaves as Pacific Palisades, Bel-Air, Century City, Westwood, Brentwood, Topanga, Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, Beverlywood and West Los Angeles.
In the multi-page spread, Mr. Federline debuts a new clean-cut and decidedly conservative look that he hopes will appeal to the growing number of independents and swing voters who reside in the 30th district. "This is basically K-Fed saying 'here I am y'all, ready to represent," says a source close to the performer.
A ballot initiative spurs action
Mr. Federline's decision to run for office—a formal announcement is said to be expected later this summer—may have been prompted by a recent campaign in California to tax the wealthy in order to pay for preschool for all children in the state. Earlier this week, voters rejected by a decisive margin the "Preschool for All" ballot initiative, which would have imposed a 1.7 percent tax increase on individual incomes over $400,000 and couples' incomes exceeding $800,000.
Mr. Federline's antipathy towards the measure was in part ideological—he is a strong opponent of socially redistributive policies—but may also have been motivated by his reported dislike of filmmaker and political activist Rob Reiner. "K-Fed thinks that Reiner should stop shooting his mouth off about complex political issues and stick to making movies," says a source close to the performer. Mr. Reiner, his wife and father sunk a combined $4.6 million into the socialized daycare drive.
Britney backs K-Fed
While tabloids have been rife with speculation of late that Mr. and Mrs. Federline may be on the verge of splitting up, sources close to the couple say that she strongly supports the idea of his running for office. Unlike the vast majority of Hollywood celebrities, the former Miss Spears has been an outspoken backer of President Bush, a position she reiterated in a 2003 interview with CNN's Tucker Carlson. In recent months, the Federlines' loyalty to the president has been tested somewhat. The couple is said to be deeply unhappy about Mr. Bush's proposal to allow gay migrants to serve as guest workers in the hospitality and home decorating industries.
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