"Northern Exposure" star is "thrilled" with Gov. Palin's nomination:
... actress Janine Turner, who portrayed Maggie O'Connell on the 1990s CBS series "Northern Exposure," sees a lot of similarities between her character and the Alaska governor.My Comments:
"I was just thrilled by her nomination," said Turner, who is a Republican. "Because of my fondness for 'Northern Exposure,' when I heard she hunts caribou, I thought, 'Oh, wow, she's cool.' I'm more than very proud of Maggie O'Connell and very proud of our new candidate."
Turner's character was a socialite who moves to Alaska and learns to shoot her own deer and fix her own toilet. "Maggie was a go-getter, self-reliant," she said. "She made her own decisions, executed her plan. And she was a survivor and an outdoorsy girl. I think the governor appears to have all those qualities."
Turner admitted she's never been to the state but has heard stories about the state from her pilot father.
"Alaska seems like a pretty tough place to survive," she said. "So, in order to survive, she would have to be a tough cookie to begin with. She's beautiful, intelligent, with a great family. She's sort of my idol, in a way. I love the way she just sort of goes out and takes charge and makes decisions, running a town as mayor, then running the whole state as governor."
I have to confess that I've had a bit of a crush on Ms. Turner for a number of years, which only intensified once I discovered that she is conservative. In fact, my wife and I have a running joke wherein I claim to have dated Ms. Turner several years ago in Texas (Ms. Turner is from my home state).