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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Wouldn’t You Know A “West Wing” Reunion Would Be A Political Ad? (4’04”)

I”m Bridget Mary McCormack, and I approve this message…”  Here’s how it happened: “Trying to get your campaign video to go viral? How about getting the cast of the “West Wing” to reunite? It worked for Bridget Mary McCormack, a candidate for Michigan’s State Supreme Court. The four-minute video starsMartin SheenBradley WhitfordAllison Janney and six other familiar faces from the beloved, long-running series explaining the less-than-scintillating dynamics of non-partisan ballots — with a sweet plug for the first-time candidate thrown in for good measure…” [More at the link.]

One Response to “Wouldn’t You Know A “West Wing” Reunion Would Be A Political Ad? (4’04”)”

  1. Ginger says:

    I’ll take anything for a “The West Wing” re-union, even a political ad. Do Allison Janney or Bradley Whitford have a sibling running for political office? Or perhaps martin Sheen will run for something. Give me another “West Wing” re-union ad! It’s more watchable than “The Newsroom”.

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