By Eileen Burkhalter Smith
It’s official. Hannah Montana can run for political office in the State of Tennessee. Well, that is not entirely true. What is true is that, if Miley Cyrus wants to run for public office, she could now do so under the name “Hannah Montana” even though it was not her birth name or even legal name. The Tennessee Attorney General recently considered whether someone can run for public office under a name other than her birth or legal name. Answer: Yes.
I have to assume that this issue was raised by a particular situation, and I would love to know what that was. Perhaps Garth Brooks is planning on resurrecting Chris Gaines as a politician as part of his comeback . . .
Let it now be known: all ghostwriters, alter egos and nom de plumes should rest assured that they can be placed on the ballot—as is. The opinion is attached.
Attorney General Opinion.pdf (52.66 kb)