“I don’t think (“Miss America”) is controversial at all, and the reason it has been around for 90 years is because we have managed to find a way to keep it relevant while maintaining the tradition,” Haskell says.
Haskell may soon find himself in the less-civil world of a political campaign for governor or senator — something that has long been rumored. A year ago he and his family moved back to their native Mississippi, where he’s friends with that state’s governor, Haley Barbour.
“There are a lot of people in my home state who have asked me if I am interested in a political run one day, and the answer is yes, I am interested,” Haskell says. “I have got to establish my residency in Mississippi, which I am only one year into now. And once that is established, we will figure it out.”