Jefferson County Chairman, Sean M. Hennessey reports to The North Country Democrat that he had an impromptu meeting with none other than Watertown’s own Viggo Mortensen today at the Salmon Run Mall . Chairman Hennessey tells us that he was doing a bit of last minute shopping when he quite literally bumped into Mr. Mortensen. Once Sean recognized the international film star he introduced himself as the local County Chair, and was pleased to find that Viggo was still quite familiar with local politics. Viggo mentioned to the Chair that he was very pleased with the recent win in NY’s 23rd Congressional race and commended the County Committee for their hard work and dedication to their community. The first words out of his mouth were that he was, “impressed with the results of NY’s 23rd.”
Mr. Mortensen's successful movie career credits has recently added the lead role in the critically acclaimed movie “The Road”, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy. Mr Mortensen returns to his North Country roots on occasion to visit friends and family.
Chairman Hennessey told The North Country Democrat that, “I have to say I was very surprised by the meeting. Viggo has long been a big supporter of our Committee and our Candidates.” Many from across the North Country remember Viggo not only for his acting accomplishments, but also for the fund raising support he supplied to Dr Robert (Bob) Johnson’s in his run for congress in 2006. The Oscar winning actor has long been a vocal supporter of Universal Health Care as well as a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. His support for local and national candidates is much appreciated. The North Country Democrat would like to thank Mr. Mortensen for standing up for our troops; and for those families negatively affected by the ever shrinking availability of affordable Health Care.