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Surprising politicians who made a splash

Published On: Oct 25 2011 09:06:06 AM PDT   Updated On: Feb 05 2014 07:19:26 AM PST

Former "American Idol" star and singer Clay Aiken (D) recently announced his candidacy for Congress. Take a look at political figures with the most unusual resumes.

Surprising politicians 2 - Kal Penn
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Kal Penn, star of "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle," has never run for office, but the actor was appointed as a liaison to Asian constituents by the Obama administration in 2010. Penn left his White House job a few months later to resume acting.

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