Veteran singer, actress and professional provocateur Madonna has joined retired Gen. Wesley Clark’s army.
Madonna, a Detroit native who now calls England home, announced her endorsement of Clark, the former NATO Supreme Commander, for president during a recent interview with CNN. “As it stands right now, he’s got my support,” Madonna said. “I think to be a general for as long as he’s been, this is a man who knows how to deal with pressure and make decisions under pressure.”
Last month Clark and Madonna met for 90 minutes at the singer’s Los Angeles home, according to various reports. At the time, Clark expressed amazement at the unusual locations the campaign trail has taken him. “I’m going to do everything I can to make [the campaign] as exciting, interesting and fun as possible,” he told CBS. “I was even talking with Madonna — Madonna — yesterday.”
Clark was in the Netherlands on Tuesday, where he testified in the trial of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, who is accused of waging a terror campaign against ethnic Albanians living in Kosovo.
Madonna adds her name to a long list of celebrities, former celebrities and almost celebrities who have lined up behind the various Democrats running for president. Democratic front-runner and former governor of Vermont Howard Dean has won the financial backing of actor Paul Newman, director Rob Reiner and actress Susan Sarandon, all longtime supporters of liberal candidates and causes.
Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman’s supporters include Debra Messing of NBC’ s “Will & Grace” and Jerry Stiller of the CBS show “King of Queens.” Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts has raised funds from Uma Thurman and Don Henley. Ben Affleck gave $1,000 to the campaign of Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich earlier this year but has reportedly been courted by the Clark campaign in recent weeks.
Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has given $500 to the campaign of former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois, and Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge has endorsed Kerry on the band’s Web site.
A number of celebrities have donated funds or time to multiple candidates. Actor Ed Norton has given to Kucinich and Kerry. Longtime Democratic contributor and Clinton pal Barbra Streisand has donated to Clark, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Dick Gephardt and Dean. Actor Michael Douglas gave $2,000 each to Gephardt and Dean.
“Seinfeld” creator and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David has given to Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, Dean and Gephardt. Aaron Sorkin, creator of NBC’s “West Wing,” gave to those three candidates, plus Clark.