One of the neat things about collecting political items are all the side collections people induldge in. One of mine is Celebrity Politics. Candidates who were famous before they entered politics in media and pop culture. For a long time I had been looking for a Clint Eastwood for Mayor pin. From what I understood he only ran one campaign for Mayor of Carmel, California. I figured I wouldn't be able to find much. That all changed last week.
A fellow APIC member was downsizing his collection and randomly posted this lot for sale. In the June 1986 ALPIC Newsletter the handout is written about as the only 'official' item issued by the Friends of Clint Eastwood campaign. All other buttons and shirts were either produced by vendors or volunteers trying to make a little cash during the campaign. Still, some of the buttons look really good. Take the one with his photo on it.
Here are the buttons that came with it.
Really neat addition to my non SNL related celebrity collection. He won with 72% of the vote against candidate Charolette Townsend. His distant cousin Randy Eastwood has run for congress from Washington state and served in local government in Kenmore, Washington.