'The Good Wife' Actor 'Wanted to Become a U.S. Citizen So I Could Vote for Obama'
Published: 3/12/2011 1:55 PM ET
Actor Alan Cumming (IMDb page), who was born in Britain and plays the scheming campaign manager "Eli Gold" on CBS's The Good Wife, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week: "I wanted to become a U.S. citizen so that I could vote for [Barack] Obama." Cumming also has a voice role in the upcoming The Smurfs movie.
The Post-Gazette's Patricia Sheridan explained in the interview published March 7: "Cumming, 46, is a citizen of both Great Britain and the U.S. Once married to a woman - he's now with a man - Mr. Cumming has described himself as bisexual and is outspoken about gay rights issues. He will be in Pittsburgh March 16 for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force benefit at the O'Reilly Theater."
Sheridan's first question and the answer from Cumming:
You have dual citizenship in Britain and the U.S. Why become a U.S. citizen?On Cumming's Web site you can learn about "The 2nd Cumming, Alan's new fragrance!!"
I wanted to become a U.S. citizen so that I could vote for [Barack] Obama, that was really why. I had a green card for many years, and I lived here, I paid taxes here and I owned property here, but the only thing you can't do with a green card is vote. I wanted to take part fully in the political process instead of just mouthing off as I do.
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.