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‘Dirty Jobs’ Alum Mike Rowe to Run for Arkansas Judge Seat … or Not (Update)

Mike Rowe’s threats to get all judgmental on Lafayette County, alas, appear to be a joke

UPDATED, Wednesday 2:37 p.m.: Sadly, it appears that Mike Rowe will not be throwing his robe into the ring in the Lafayette County judge’s election. At least not the Mike Rowe who hosted “Dirty Jobs.”

While the television personality announced that his intention to run for the office, Arkansas Matters reports that it is, in fact, a different Mike Rowe who’s seeking the seat, and that Rowe was making a funny.


Mike Rowe might have another dirty job on his hands soon.

The former host of Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” has tossed his hat into the ring in the race for Lafayette County judge in Arkansas.

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Rowe announced his campaign on his Facebook page Tuesday, admitting that the position isn’t the most auspicious spot in the government.

“I know that many of you were hoping for a more ambitious foray into the political scene, but after a nearly ten minutes of thoughtful soul-searching and a medicinal snort of Whistle Pig, I began to see that a direct run at the White House might be premature,” Rowe wrote. “So I’ve chosen a more modest route to the ultimate prize, and look forward to a spirited campaign down here in The Natural State.”

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The host, whose duties on his Discovery gig included cleaning a septic tank and working on a yak and bison farm, admitted that he might not be the most qualified candidate ever — but noted that he does have some tangential experience in Arkansas.

“Now it’s true, I hold no law degree and no political experience. But from what I’ve seen from recent court rulings, a basic understanding of the Constitution has little to do with education or a prior political record. And though I have no current ties to the great state of Arkansas, I once collected dung beetles at the University, and got along very well with the locals. More importantly, I served as The Grand Marshal of The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs back in 2008, which I’m told went very well.”

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Rowe, whose new CNN show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” will premiere in the fall, said that he looks forward “to judging the people of Lafayette just as soon as I vanquish my rival, whomever he or she may be. In the meantime, I’m gonna need a campaign manager.”

If you’re interested in the gig, Rowe provides the opportunity to apply on his Facebook page.

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