House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff may find himself in a primary election to regain his seat against famed Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Pinsky, also a reality-show star and addiction medicine specialist, told The Hill that Congress’ distractful focus on trying to impeach President Trump is preventing them from effectively governing the country.
“I wake up every day and drive through this town and I am morally moved where I feel like I have to do something,” he said per the Hill.
“We have people literally dying in our streets,” Pinsky continued, adding that government across the state of California was “not functioning.”
He said continuing to see the failures of government may compel him to run for public office.
“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 exclaimed per the report.
The 61-year-old celebrity doctor said Democrats are so wrapped up with impeachment to actually do the jobs they were elected to do.
“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 added during the interview. “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.’”
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“Believe me, I don’t want to,” he said, noting a potential campaign would affect his own duties as a father to his three children. “I’d have to change my whole life, and I’m not really prepared to do that just yet.”
“I am constantly morally mobilized because of the condition of what’s going on here in California,” Pinsky concluded, leaving a potential campaign still up in the air. “Point me in another direction where we can help the citizens of California, please. I’m all ears. But the fact that I keep thinking about it tells me how profound the problems are that I feel obliged to maybe turn my life upside down just to get things governed out here.”
The Western Journal reports: “Pinsky lives in the district of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the architects of House Democrats’ impeachment effort against President Donald Trump. He said that if he runs, he would run in a Democratic primary against Schiff.”
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The Hill adds “his core issues would be infrastructure, tackling homelessness and aiding the chronically mentally ill.” And:
Pinsky says he’s “very moderate” and constantly changes his political party affiliation online, but if he were to wade into politics, he’d likely run as a Democrat in California’s “jungle primary” against Schiff. The 10-term lawmaker won his 2018 reelection bid in California’s 28th District with 78 percent of the vote.
Asked what he’d tell critics who might roll their eyes at another famous name thinking they can make it in politics, Pinsky replies, “I would say my eyes are rolling, too. I’d rather not be here. Point me in another direction where we can help the citizens of California, please. I’m all ears.”
“But the fact that I keep thinking about it tells me how profound the problems are,” he says, “that I feel obliged to maybe turn my life upside down just to get things governed out here.