Richard Gere being floated for potential Congressional run: Report

Richard Gere is reportedly being groomed for a potential Congressional run in New York state, according to the New York Post.

The 68-year-old Golden Globe winner is reportedly being discussed as a possible successor to House Representative Sean Patrick Maloney in the 18th Congressional District.

Maloney has joined the state attorney general’s race and is up for the Democratic nomination in September -- meaning his seat could soon be open.

"Richard Gere’s name is being whispered about among Democrats," Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano told The Post. "We’ll see what he’s made of."

Since 2013, Maloney has led the district, which went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election by a two-point margin, according to the Washington Post.

Politically, Gere -- who has yet to respond to the report -- has been a vocal opponent of China’s occupation of Tibet for years -- and is a longtime friend of the Dalai Lama.

Last year, he told The Hollywood Reporter he’s lost out on parts because Chinese backers will not support films he’s involved with.

Beyond that, Ellen Kearns, assistant secretary of the Westchester County Democratic Party, told the Post that "Richard is real fun. On Election Day he comes up to each election inspector and personally thanks us for our work."