Kelsey Grammer: Kelly Smith/ZUMA Press/NewsCom
Gary Susman
October 01, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

If Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gary Coleman can run for office in California, why not Kelsey Grammer? After all, he’s likely to have a lot of time on his hands after the expected wrap-up of ”Frasier” next May. In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s ”Hannity & Colmes” on Monday, TV’s favorite radio shrink told the hosts, ”I haven’t laid out any plans yet, but possibly Senator.”

Grammer said he would ”probably run as a Republican.” He described himself politically as ”a centrist, but I basically believe in trying to preserve as much opportunity for the individual, as long as the individual chooses to work as hard as he can.” Of his platform, he said, ”I would like to try to rid the country of the idea that it’s the rich against the poor.” Grammer is certainly among the rich, as he earns about $1.5 million per episode of ”Frasier” (Ray Romano is the only TV performer who earns more).

The 48-year-old actor has no more political experience than Schwarzenegger or Coleman, though he does play a lawyer (who’s also a rodent) on Spike TV’s animated series ”Gary the Rat.” Why electoral politics, then? As he said Monday, ”The truth is, I would like to get to a place where I could do the most good for the greatest number of people.”

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