Politics is Easy, Comedy is Hard....
Kraemer worked as a weekend Anchor for KSN from 2008 through 2013. He lost his job when an open microphone caught him saying to his colleagues “Let’s get the fuck out of here” at the end of a Saturday night newscast.
After he was sacked, Kraemer sent up a fundraising site to earn money so he could go to California and try his hand at comedy.
Now, he's back in Kansas and running for office. The former Anchor, turned Comedian, is now a politician running House District 98, which covers parts of south Wichita and Haysville.
“It’s been a long year and half since that whole incident happened and it’s given me a lot of time for personal reflection and trying to figure out the best way to move forward from here as far as what I want to do next,” he said.
Kraemer, who is running as a Democrat, said his main issue is tax fairness.
Kraemer said that because of the notoriety of cursing on air – an incident many found similar to a scene in the Will Ferrell movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” – some people might look at him as a protest vote. He’s OK with that. He said that unlike most novice politicians, he won’t have trouble with name recognition.
“I’m not proud of it, but it happened and whatever name recognition I built up from it I hope to be able to use that for something good,” Kraemer said.
Kraemer has struggled to find full-time work since he was fired, which he said has given him perspective on what many Wichitans are going through after layoffs in aviation and other industries.
“I know firsthand it is extremely difficult to find meaningful work in Kansas. Albeit my situation is a little bit different from most, but I still understand the anguish and pain of going through these ads and looking for a job to support your family,” he said.
H/T Wichita Eagle