David Pollock's hapless "Bad News Bears" character Rudi Stein most often reached base by leaning into an opponent's pitch. Now almost 40 years later, Pollock is leaning into a Congressional race as a Democrat in California's 26th Congressional district.
“The transition (into politics) started almost 20 years ago when I got involved with my kids' schools. It started, innocently enough, I was involved with a committee looking at the effectiveness of schools, and it just turned out to be a very slippery slope,” Pollock, 50, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “The committee provided recommendations that laid the foundation for how well our schools do today. I was asked to consider running for the school board which I did successfully back in 1994. I was on the school board for 15 years, during which time I became president of the county of the School Board Association and later the state School Board Association.”
After discovering he had a “knack for constituency relations” Pollock was also elected twice to the Moorpark City Council, and should his next venture be successful, the former kid star has vowed to make unemployment his top priority.
“My overriding goal is jobs. We really need to get the economy kick-started again, especially in Ventura County, we need to be attracting federal programs that not only stimulate jobs directly but also give employers the confidence to start hiring again,” Pollock continued. “Jobs are issue number one. Another big issue for me is public education... I think the federal government has a role to play in public education but not in actually running the schools themselves.”
Pollock is also proud of getting away from Hollywood while the getting was good.
“I was a child actor for about nine years and when I was 16 and 17 years old. I decided that if I had to depend on acting for a living, it wouldn't be so much fun anymore,” he explained. “Being an actor is feast or famine. You're either doing really well or you're between assignments. It's really tough, and another thing I should say too, is that making a transition from child actor to adult actor is extremely difficult. Very few of my contemporaries were able to do that successfully.”
But that isn’t to say he won’t be using his acting skills to propel his political agenda – just think Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, and Clint Eastwood. Even Shirley Temple ran for Congress in 1967, but was defeated in the primary election.
“I think there really is something to having an acting background, going into politics. There are a lot of jokes about it and I wouldn't say that every actor would make a good politician, but I will say that there is something to be said about putting yourself into a character's shoes and looking at the world through different eyes as an actor,” Pollock said. “That's a skill you develop, and it really helps in understanding where our people are coming from in politics. It develops empathetic skills that can work very well and as a representative of the people.”
And with his sights set on Washington D.C., Pollock is hopeful that he can use his position to bring both political parties closer together.
“At this point, the economy should be recovering and I think the crisis we have now was manufactured unnecessarily by the bitter divide in Washington D.C.,” he added. “My big hope is, as a moderate, I hope to be someone who can bring both sides closer together, and get Congress back in the business of deliberating in good faith over public policy issues and working on what's possible, not stalemating over ideology.”
We actually thought of a possible campaign slogan for Rudi, we mean Pollock:
David Pollock: I'll take a pitch in the back for you, California!
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Deidre Behar contributed to this report.