Melissa Gilbert, best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie” and as the Screen Actors Guild president, is running for Congress in Michigan.
The actress announced her candidacy against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in early August.
Bishop won Michigan’s 8th Congressional District by a 13-point margin in 2014, but Barack Obama carried the district by 6 points in 2008 and Mitt Romney edged Obama by 3 points in 2012.
While the seat may be a pickup opportunity for Democrats, national Republican groups are already attacking Gilbert for not paying $360,000 in federal income taxes.
The National Republican Congressional Committee blasted out an attack of Gilbert following her announcement, according to Roll Call.
“Hopefully tax delinquent Melissa Gilbert didn’t sell her little house on the prairie, because with $360,000 owed to the IRS, she certainly won’t be moving into the House of Representatives,” said NRCC spokesman Chris Pack in a statement.
Gilbert responded to a June article in The Detroit News that detailed her financial difficulties.
“I’ve set up an installment plan to fully pay off my debt and will continue to work as hard as I can to erase this debt and dig myself out of this hole,” Gilbert said. “I am absolutely positive that I can do it.”