Jerry Springer: was actually a politician BEFORE he was a celebrity. He ran for congress in 1970 and lost, but he served as Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978.
So what did he do in between? Well, he was elected to the city council in 1971, but resigned in '74 after he got caught going to a prostitute. How did he get caught, you ask? He PAID BY CHECK.
But the people of Cincinnati liked him enough to re-elect him in 1975.