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Hillary bustin’ out in SF

San Francisco enterpreneur John Lee Hudson, a real estate investor and investment adviser, is harkening back to his late ’80s stint as a producer of political collectibles. From his news release:

Research conducted by Hudson & Hudson indicates that demand for First Woman President products is already high, and requires a strong effort to maintain a large inventory. Efforts are currently under way to meet demand for an 8″ bust of Hillary Clinton custom-designed by artisans, that will retail for $50 plus approximately $5 in shipping and handling from Hudson’s Trading Post. But those who respond quickly can receive additional savings.

“As a family business, we are passing on a 40 percent discount that early buyers can take advantage of to make the products affordable to everyone,” exclaimed Hudson. The unveiling of the first lifesize Limited Edition First Woman President bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton will take place at a press conference in San Francisco to be announced by Mr. Hudson within the next 30 days.

Somebody tell Barack Obama, John Edwards, John McCain, Mitt Romney and all the rest that they’d might as well pack it in right now.

Hudson made headlines but lost a lot of money producing Oliver North collectible dolls back around the time of the Iran-Contra affair; in the age of glasnost and perestroika, he swapped those unsold dolls’ heads with wine-stained Mikhail Gorbachev noggins, but those didn’t fly off the shelves either.

Note: This isn’t the first time somebody has produced a Hillary Clinton likeness, although this one looks a lot more like Laura Bush, doesn’t it? And sure, that’s a doll, but the presidential Hillary bust has been done already, too.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.