A New York Democrat asked Tuesday how long it would take for "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump to lose his job due to his flirtations with running for president.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) suggested that Trump, the real estate mogul and reality TV star, should be fired for running for president and the comments he's made while readying a possible campaign.
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Trump's raised eyebrows for his work to prepare a presidential campaign, having appeared with some frequency in the media in recent weeks, partly to voice "birther" rumors that President Obama wasn't born in the United States.
But Trump's strategy appears to have worked; a CNN poll Tuesday showed him tied for first place in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Last week, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll had Trump tied for second.
It's not without precedent for formal candidates for office to lose their TV gigs, or at least compensation for their media appearances. Fox News ended its contracts with former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who were both contributors to the network, after judging that both were likely to run for president. (Fox has maintained contributor relationships, so far, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.)
Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) was also forced to depart from his gig as a character on NBC's "Law & Order" in the summer of 2007, after he indicated that he would seek the Republican nomination in 2008.