In 2018, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was elected to his tenth term in Congress. Now, one Hollywood figure is trying to make it his last.
According to Fox News, celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky is “considering mounting a bid against his current congressman” in 2020.
“What are these people doing?”
Pinsky has spent years focusing on mental health and addiction in America, and he addressed both issues during a White House summit in December. Since then, he has remained a staunch advocate for better care in hopes of reducing homelessness, a problem that affects his home state of California more than any other place in the country, according to USA Today.
And in Pinsky’s view, the Golden State’s elected officials aren’t doing enough about it. “I wake up every day and drive through this town and I am morally moved where I feel like I have to do something,” Pinsky said, according to The Hill. “We have people literally dying in our streets.”
Pinsky also complained that the government “is not functioning,” as representatives like Schiff choose to focus on menial issues like President Donald Trump’s impeachment rather than problems that are affecting real Americans every day.
“I was watching all the impeachment proceedings and I was going, ‘Oh my God, our Congress is tied up and we’re dying out here in California. What are these people doing?'” Pinsky lamented, according to Fox.
“I have to run”
The reality star says that’s led some to suggest that he run for office himself.
“People have sort of been swirling around me, going, ‘Oh, you should run for mayor.’ Well I didn’t really want that job. ‘Well, you should run for governor.’ Well, that’s not really possible. So I was sort of thinking about these things,” Pinsky explained before suggesting that challenging Schiff could be his best option.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to run for that office at least just to get him to start participating in the governance of this region,’” Pinsky said, according to The Hill.
Pinsky says that if he does run, he would do so as a Democrat whose main priorities would be infrastructure, mental illness, and homelessness. Still, the physician insists that politics isn’t something he is naturally drawn to.
“Believe me, I don’t want to,” Pinsky professed, according to Fox. “I’d have to change my whole life, and I’m not really prepared to do that just yet.” Still, given “how profound the problems are,” Pinsky said he would take up the challenge if it meant fixing how “things get things governed out here.”
Indeed, it seems even Democrats are disappointed in Schiff’s shoddy performance in Washington. The “shifty” congressman better realign his priorities, or he may not have a job come November.