CEDAR FALLS | Mudd Advertising executive and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Gary Kroeger said he's contemplating a run for Congress in 2016 and may decide on his candidacy in about a month.
Asked via Facebook to respond to online reports he is considering a run, Kroeger responded to The Courier, "Thinking about it. I've been asked (to run) but there are so many moving parts to consider. Giving myself about a month (to decide) but with lots of planning during that time."
Kroeger, creative director at Mudd, apparently would seek the Democratic nomination to run against newly elected U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, who defeated former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy in November. The seat was vacated by multi-term incumbent Bruce Braley, who sought to fill retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's Senate seat but was defeated by Joni Ernst.
Kroeger indicated public reaction may influence his decision. "Getting people involved will help," he said. "No point in running if the reaction is tepid."
Kroeger is a 1975 graduate of Northern University High School in Cedar Falls and Northwestern University. He spent 25 years in Hollywood as a actor, director, on daytime talk shows and as a game show host. He was a "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1982 to 1985. He returned to Cedar Falls in 2003. He has worked for Mudd since then. He has remained active in film and local theater projects.
Kroeger also is a Sunday Courier editorial columnist.
Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and mayor pro tem Monica Vernon has already announced her intentions to run. She unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in a crowded field in 2014.
Kroeger wouldn't be the first "SNL" alum to seek elected office. Al Franken, a former writer and actor on the show, is now a U.S. senator from Minnesota.