Ali Hasan is still considering whether to run for state treasurer.
But when it comes to the King of Pop, Hasan considers that job permanently filled.
"Michael Jackson. My dearest King, our American hero – never leave us," Hasan wrote in a heartfelt tribute to the pop singer and icon, who died June 25.
In the essay, published in Arabisto.com, a news and commentary site about the Middle East, Hasan said that he "will always believe that Michael Jackson was innocent of all molestation charges pursued against him.
Instead, Hasan said Jackson will always be remembered for his charity and hope for the future.
"It was always fitting that Michael’s best tribute would come from a fellow American hero, President Ronald Reagan. While President Reagan fought to end the Evil Empire, despite international paranoia that our good country would eventually succumb to the USSR’s nuclear invasion, it was Michael that never let us fear."