"Bruno" Pastor Runs for AL Office

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A pastor who was tricked into appearing in the hit movie "Bruno" is now trying to become mayor of Alabama's largest city.

Jody Trautwein is among 14 candidates in next Tuesday's election to replace Larry Langford, who was booted from office after being convicted of bribery.

In the movie, Trautwein is the smiling pastor who tries to talk Sacha Baron Cohen's character out of being gay. Like other participants in the film, he was duped into participating by producers.

While the minister's scene drew laughs, the 39-year-old is now running a serious mayoral campaign. Trautwein's platform includes restoring integrity to City Hall.

The preacher says the movie provided him name recognition. While he may be a longshot, Trautwein says he's in the race to win.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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