Scott Baio — who played Chachi Arcola in “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” as well as the protagonist of “Charles in Charge” — tweeted his praise for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is mulling a presidential run in 2016.
“Gov. Walker sounds a lot like President Reagan. #WalkerFor Pres,” the tweet read, with a picture of the actor posing alongside Walker.
Walker tweeted back Wednesday, writing: “Thanks! We both love Reagan, I’m flattered,” along with the hashtag #ChachiandWalkerLoveReagan.
This is not the first time that Baio, a registered Republican, has offered support to a politician. In 2012, he endorsed Mitt Romney in his run for the presidency and donated $5,000 to Romney’s primary and general election campaigns. (He also donated $12,500 to the Republican National Committee in the 2012 cycle.) In 2014, Baio donated $500 to the campaign of Tony Strickland, a Republican who ultimately lost his bid to succeed Buck McKeon in California’s 25th Congressional District.
Baio is an outspoken conservative, at least by Hollywood standards. He attended the state funeral of President Ronald Reagan and said he received death threats in 2010 after tweeting a picture of first lady Michelle Obama with the comment, “WOW He wakes up to this every morning.”
This should really be called Tiger Beat On The Potomac Loves Scott Walker. Hmm, I wonder if the Fonz is up for grabs?