Prince von Anhalt to Run for Governor

A prince among candidates

With a platform titled "Return the Good Life to California," Prince Frederic von Anhalt plans to announce a run for governor.

Von Anhalt is the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. He will announce plans Monday at Sherbourne on Sunset Boulevard to run as a liberal independent candidate.

By "announce," we mean he will unveil a billboard on Sunset Boulevard. He released the following statement:

"When I came to California 26 years ago we had the 'Good Life.' We were prosperous; people had jobs, affordable homes and money to spend. The economy was great. I loved the state so much that I decided to make my home here, marry and become a citizen.

"About 10 years ago things started to deteriorate, and last year when the state was at its worst I decided I had to try and make a difference. I decided to enter the political realm and get California back on the right track.

"So today I am announcing that I plan to run for Governor of California! We’ve had Irish-American, African-American, Armenian-American, and Austrian-American Governors and now it’s time for a German-American to lead the state."

Here are some highlights of von Anhalt's platform.

  • Create a Sin Tax: Legalize pot and tax it.
  • Open the U.S.-Mexico border: Let in more workers, then tax them.
  • Adjust DMV Fees: He says DMV fees hurt the "working class." Von Anhalt proposes taxing bad drivers.
  • Overturn Prop 8: He has big plans for California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

"Throw the divorce lawyers a bone and quiet the gays," von Anhalt said in his statement. "I believe in marriage between men and women, but I am also a defender of the constitution which says equal rights for all. Let them be as miserable as the rest of us."

A blaring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner and von Anhalt's full platform, which includes lifting the ban on Cuban cigars, are available on his website.You can also check in every "three or four days" to see what's new on his blog.

Von Anhalt married Gabor in the mid-1980s.

In 2007, he claimed he was the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter.

Later that year, LAPD officers found him naked and handcuffed to the steering wheel of a 2006 Rolls Royce. Von Anhalt told officers that he was driving when "three white women" with a gun took his jewelry and clothes.

There has been speculation regarding whether Prince von Anhalt -- once called a "chronic fabricator" by one of his wife's promoters -- is actually a prince. According to reports,  he was born Robert Lichtenberg, the son of a German policeman and bought his title after being adopted as an adult by a bankrupt daughter-in-law of the last kaiser.

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