`Nanny' star Drescher seeks US Senate seat

December 9, 2008 1:31:40 PM PST
It's no laaaaugh, reaaaaaly! Comedic actress Fran Drescher wants to go from playing nasally New Yawkers in films like "Saturday Night Fever" and sitcoms like "The Nanny" to representing New York in the U.S. Senate.

Publicist Jordan Brown delivered the straight line that Drescher is really, really serious about the seat held by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Brown cited Drescher's experience as an actress, advocate for women's health and public diplomacy envoy for the U.S. State Department.

The 51-year-old "This is Spinal Tap" actress joins a field headed by Caroline Kennedy and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. New York Gov. David Paterson will make the choice if Clinton is confirmed secretary of state in the Obama administration.