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."

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MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the 'La Cena' (The Dinner) premiere at the Capitol cinema on December 11, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/Getty Images)
Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the 'The Dinner' movie premiere at 'Capitol Cinema' in Madrid on Dec 11, 2017 (Photo by Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US actor Richard Gere and his Spanish girlfriend Alejandra Silva arrive for the Harper's Bazaar Attitude 43 Awards at the Casino in Madrid, Spain, 30 November 2017. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva Attend the 'NORMAN' Spanish premiere at Callao Cinema in Madrid on May 31, 2017 (Photo by Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31: (L-R) Alejandra Silva and Richard Gere attend the 'Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer' (Norman: El Hombre Que Lo Conseguia Todo) premiere at the Callao cinema on May 31, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/FilmMagic)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 30: Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva visit the oncology area for children at Nino Jesus Hospital on May 30, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 03: Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the Miami International Film Festival on March 3, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - February 10: Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend red carpet of the movie'The Dinner' during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin, Germany on February 10, 2017. (Photo by Maurizio Gambarini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend a charity event of Rais Foundation and Valencia Major for homeless people on September 26, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 10: Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the 'The Dinner' premiere during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend a charity event of Rais Foundation and Valencia Major for homeless people on September 26, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - OCTOBER 06: Alejandra Silva and Richard Gere on photo call at the 64th International Film Festival of San Sebastian on October 6, 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Claude Medale/Corbis via Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Alejandra Silva and Richard Gere attends the red carpet of the closing gala of 64th San Sebastian Film Festival at Kursaal on September 24, 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend 'Time Out Of Mind' photocall during 64th San sebastian Film Festival on September 24, 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage)
TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 11: Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend 62 Taormina Film Fest - Opening on June 10, 2016 in Taormina, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 09: Actor Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend Richard Gere Presents 'Time Out of Mind' In Rome on June 9, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 09: Alejandra Silva and Richard Gere attend McKim Medal Gala In Rome on June 9, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: Alejandra Silva and actor Richard Gere attend the dinner hosted by Baume & Mercier to celebrate Richard Gere 'Time Out Of mind' on June 8, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Baume & Mercier)
MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28: Richard Gere and his spanish girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Club Atletico Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, San Siro on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 09: Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend Prodis Foundation on March 9, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - MAY 27: Actor Richard Gere and his girlfriend Alejandra Silva during the Real Madrid training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 27, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
The actor Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the premiere of "invisible" documentary film (TIME OUT OF MIND) in theaters Callao Madrid, the November 23, 2015. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23: (SPANISH WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINES OUT) Richard Gere and his Spanish girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend 'Invisibles (Time Out of Mind)' charity premiere at Callao cinema on November 23, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
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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."

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