Stacey’s Dash to D.C. is done.
It was just a month ago when actress Stacey Dash asked her Twitter followers if she should run for political office. Based on their response and her own interest, she filed to run for a seat in Congress in California. But it seems like the 51-year-staunch Republican was a bit clueless about the process and all the hate her bid would bring. Thus, she decided to drop out of the race after a short 30-day campaign.
Dash shared her decision to remove herself from the race with CNN via email last Friday, saying, “After much prayer, introspection, and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my candidacy for California’s 44th Congressional District.”
Her campaign slogan was “Dash to D.C.,” but it doesn’t look like she’ll be jetting to meetings in the nation’s capitol anytime soon.
“I started this run with the intention to address the pressing issues in the district where I live,” Dash said in her statement. “I hoped, and remain hopeful, that I can assist people living here on the national level. My goal was, and remains, to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party.”
She went on to add, “At this point, I believe that the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of my family. I would never want to betray the personal and spiritual principles I believe in most: that my God and my family come first.”
The district Dash hoped to lead includes Compton, Watts, San Pedro, and North Long Beach, all predominately Black neighborhoods, but in the eyes of the public, Dash threw away her Black card years ago.
The actress-turned-news-commentator-turned-politician says her choice to withdraw from the race was a “difficult choice,” but she will “continue to speak out” about “problems facing the district, as well as the distractions that take the place of real change.”